Americans Elect, a mysteriously-funded effort to run a privatized presidential nomination, went into hibernation as a national corporation in the Spring of 2012. But Americans Elect doesn’t only exist as a national corporation; it also exists as a number of state parties. Americans Elect has issued paper threats to keep its state parties in line [...]
When faced with requests for documents about itself, the privatized presidential election corporation Americans Elect has practiced a policy of delaying, obfuscating and outright refusing the public. It’s nice to see that not all 501(c) political corporations behave this way. The Common Sense Coalition, formed by a spinoff of Americans Elect advisors, has departed from [...]
In February 2012, Republican state representative and Americans Elect chief legal counsel Dan Winslow said you know it’s time to reform the presidential election system when technical difficulties interfere with democratic process:
Like Americans Elect, The Common Sense Coalition is a 501(c)(4) corporation. The Common Sense Coalition holds leadership in common with Americans Elect and explicitly identifies itself as continuing the mission of Americans Elect, but in its disclosure behavior it promises to be rather different from Americans Elect.
On June 20 of this year, I [...]
Remember Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate effort to run a privatized, top-down, board-run online presidential nomination? Well, John Lumea finds the agency and one of the people at that agency to blame for the broken-down, no-good, can’t-register, won’t-verify-my-identity, no-comments-allowed, no-discussion-permitted, won’t respond-to-contact, community-devoid, records-gapped, official-rules-violating, bizarre-candidate-ranking, internally-contradictory Americans Elect website. Lumea’s Facebook post:
Americans Elect [...]
The private nominate-a-president corporation called Americans Elect still exists, but its operations have ceased for the time being, sunk by its failure to find enough actual people who agreed with its centrist mission. But the people who funded Americans Elect are still there, they still have an interest in affecting American politics, and they still [...]
On May 17, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect announced that it would cancel its planned privatized presidential nomination. Why? Because too few registered voters showed an interest in participating in a system that gave ultimate candidate selection authority to a self-selected corporate board.
Two days later, on May 19, a grassroots-organized and inclusive new group [...]
The emerging media consensus about why Americans Elect failed is wrong. Media analysts — from Linda Feldman to Will Marshall to Noreen Malone — have declared that the corporate-presidential nominating system’s death came from not having a position or a candidate and instead building a blank platform that anyone could use. The emerging media consensus [...]
Finally, after two years of initiating contact with Americans Elect and asking for a response, the 501c4 corporation that wanted to elect its own President of the United States has written me a letter in response.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that Americans Elect’s letter — even after its failure to [...]
On the very first day the Committee to Get Walker Running announced its existence to the public, the DC beltway publication Politico declared: “Walker Fever: It’s Spreading.” The basis for author Alexander Burns’ diagnosis of a “fever” for David Walker as an Americans Elect presidential candidate was the emergence of the Committee with Yoni Gruskin [...]