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Nick Troiano, Running on his Anonymous Big Money Political Experience, Crusades against the Same

What do we make of congressional candidate Nick Troiano?

On the one hand, Nick Troiano justifies his run for Congress by boasting of his experience working for Super PACs, 527s and 501(c)(4) corporations as the young face speaking on behalf of the interests of old money. Listen to Nick Troiano describe how he built his [...]

Asking a Third Time for Americans Elect’s 2011 Form 990

The Internal Revenue Service grants every American the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail [...]

Olympia Snowe Praises Americans Elect as it Dumps Millions of Wall Street $$ into Maine Senate Race

The St. John Valley Times shares the text of on an October 17 speech given by outgoing Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, praising the work of the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect:

“And I want to leave you with this thought – that we do have a foundation today for rebuilding a government that works. The recent [...]

FEC Documents Reveal the Functional Center of Americans Elect: Wall Street Money

Meet the voters of Americans Elect. There are only three of them.

Voter #1: Michael Bloomberg. Voter qualification: $500,000 in Wall Street money. Michael Bloomberg made billions of dollars selling high-priced infrastructure to Wall Street traders, allowing those gain unusually quick access to company information so they could make better trades and make more money [...]

You Choose? Americans Elect Changes its Tune, Buying Angus King for Senate Ads without a Vote

When the 501(c)(4) corporation Americans Elect was trying to convince people in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to give it money and participate in its process, it promised that Americans Elect had no hidden agenda, no favored candidates. Americans Elect promised that the people, not its corporate leaders, would choose candidates:

“Your voice matters. You [...]

Asking (Again) For Americans Elect Form 990, August 2012

As Americans, we have the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of the a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail or by [...]

The Common Sense Coalition Promises to Disclose its Donors (with Update)

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 [...]

Americans Elect Responds to Delegate Revolt with Rules violation and a Lawsuit Threat

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 [...]

Americans Elect Spokesperson Acknowledges Big Lie: Delegate Count inflated by at least 400%

In the all-online corporate privatized presidential nomination effort called Americans Elect, there are different levels of participation:

1. Facebook Fan: someone who “likes” Americans Elect on Facebook. As of this morning, 466,625 people have “liked” Americans Elect on Facebook.

2. Account holder: someone who signed up for an account at americanselect.com. Americans Elect has never [...]

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 [...]

No Labels CoFounder Mark McKinnon: “We Don’t Have Any Special Interest Money.” Bullshit or No?

Since its founding in 2010, the 501c4 corporation called No Labels has refused to identify the names of its funders. Mock-interviewing No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon on his comedy show this week, Stephen Colbert asked him about No Labels’ cash supply:

Stephen Colbert: Do you guys have money? Do you guys have cash? ‘Cause you’ve [...]