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Big Money Nick Troiano Runs for Congress Against Big Money

Who was College Coordinator for Unity08, the political corporation that that sued for the right to take secret cash donations of unlimited size?

Nick Troiano.

Who was National Campus Director for Americans Elect, the political corporation that actually did take secret cash donations of unlimited size?

Nick Troiano.

Who sat on the Youth [...]

Government Political Donation Site Goes Dark and Stays Dark, Keeping Big Money in the Dark

It may seem like a long time ago, but it was not so long. Back in 2006, a political corporation called Unity08 started sending out well-funded broadcasts and arranging high-profile media placements through its inside connections. While it claimed that it was standing against the forces of “big money” and demanded that other political parties [...]

Why Should The Nation Unite?

Maybe there’s a splinter group in American culture that’s for unity. If so, please let me know exactly how you’d like to see it work… because my mind is divided, really. Part of my mind runs from the idea of unity, but the other part is curious. Speak to that part, if you can. [...]

Formal Request for Americans Elect Form 990 (and why it’s important to keep asking)

Americans Elect, which until this week told America it would run the country’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination, is a corporation organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code. The federal government requires corporations organized under Section 501(c) to make the following forms available the same day upon an in-person request, or within 30 days [...]

David Walker for President: The People, The Connections

Five names have emerged in the leadership of The Committee to Get Walker Running, an entity at draftwalker.com that yesterday morning was nothing but a splash page…

…but which by yesterday afternoon was being used to vigorously (and with non-disclosed funding) promote the candidacy of David Walker for President of the United States via [...]

Unity08 All Over Again: Americans Elect Leader Steps Down to Start Draft David Walker Campaign

When it became clear that despite its money and inside connections Unity08 was not attracting popular support, its two chief leaders abandoned their pretense to not having a preferred presidential candidate and stepped down from Unity08 to start the Draft Bloomberg Committee. It turned out that the connections between Unity08 and the Draft Bloomberg Committee [...]

Violating Charter and Bylaws, No Labels and Americans Elect Promote Presidential Bid of Pete Peterson-Funded David Walker

Americans Elect and No Labels, mysterious political corporations that don’t disclose their funders, say they’re not promoting any Presidential candidate… but the behavior of Americans Elect and No Labels seems to be at odds with what they say. Read here for documentation of this mismatch as it applies to David Walker. [...]

Like Unity08, Americans Elect Dishes out Iowa/New Hampshire Rhetoric that Doesn’t Wash.

Past as Prelude: Unity08 and the Story of Big Bad Iowa & New Hampshire In the 2008 election cycle, the presidential bid called Unity08 started off its appeal for an online presidential nomination election in which it would run an election, count votes, and announce a winner all by itself. People were skeptical, so Unity08 [...]

Does Americans Elect owe its $20 Million Benefactors if it pays them Back?

If someone loaned you $20 million to start an enterprise, would you feel indebted to that person after you paid him or her back? What if the loan were interest-free?

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I’m asking this question because Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation trying to arrange the election of its own presidential candidate in 2012, has [...]

No Special Interest Funding for Americans Elect? New York Times reports “Serious Hedge-Fund Money”

Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own presidential ticket in 2012, has rolled out its publicity campaign today with a piece written by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman wrote his column after being invited by Americans Elect to tour “its swank offices, financed with some serious hedge-fund [...]

Americans Elect Funder and Chair Peter Ackerman Hires Son to run Rules Committee

For a connected chain of private political corporations, arranging presidential elections is a family affair.

In the 2008 election season, when Unity08 organized to run its own ticket for President of the United States, co-founder Hamilton Jordan had his daughter placed in the leadership of its youth effort, UnityPetition. Jordan also placed his daughter’s schoolteacher [...]