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Level the Playing Field to Public: We’re Not Running Candidates for President. LPF to FEC: Yes, We Certainly Are.

One of the reasons the Americans Elect corporation failed to attract significant public support in its bid to run a privatized candidate for U.S. President in 2012 was that it declared something in public, then actually did the exact opposite in practice — not just once but over and over and over and over and […]

What Brought the Green Party and the Libertarian Party Together? This Wall Street Tycoon’s Lawsuit…

Peter Ackerman has a flair for timing.

The former Michael Milken acolyte and Wall Street tycoon, who maintains a guarded set of offices one block away from the White House, has managed to make a political splash just as members of Congress head for the exit, just as cable news channels start covering shark attacks […]

Through “Level the Playing Field,” Americans Elect Wades into Ranked Choice Voting

During its nine-year history, the privatized-presidential-election corporation called Americans Elect has taken on many names: Americans Elect, Change the Rule, Level the Playing Field, Unity08, Unity12 Task Force. In a post yesterday about the group’s resurrection for 2016, I noted how its recent activity featured a “charitable donation” to a mysterious 501c4 corporation called “The […]

Behind Americans Elect’s “Level the Playing Field” Donation to “Charity”

(Tip of the pen to Richard Winger for getting me started down this path.)

Earlier this year Americans Elect leaders popped up with a new organization, a new name (“Level the Playing Field”), and two mysterious payments from that group. The first mysterious payment was made out to “Imaginary Friend.” It turns out “Imaginary Friend” […]

Americans Elect’s Imaginary Friend Pops Up to Change the Rule

In a February post this year I noted that Americans Elect leadership had popped up yet again with a new name: “Level the Playing Field.” At least two mysteries surrounded the Americans Elect group, which has petitioned the FEC to allow one and only one third-party candidate into the presidential debates of 2016 (it just […]

Unity12 Changes its Name and its Goals, Dropping BiPartisanship

In an official filing with the IRS this Monday afternoon, the Unity12 Task Force officially changed its name to Americans Elect.

That’s not all that changed with the filing of status. The leadership and location of Unity12 as Americans Elect are unchanged, but the former Unity12 team did change the declaration of its organizational […]

Where Does the Unity12 Task Force Dwell? Receipts Say the DC Beltway

The Unity12 Task Force, also simply known as Unity12, has nominal homes distributed across the country: Jim Jonas, administrator for a variety of Unity12-related websites, registers those websites in Denver, Colorado. Unity12’s ballot access efforts are being run by an agency out of California. Kahlil Byrd, the Chief Operating Officer of Unity12, runs Sung Media […]

Maze of Websites Brings Unity12 Operation Back to GOP Consultant Jim Jonas

Back in 2006, the Unity08 corporation formed to select its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Unity08’s pitch: why not have a bipartisan team of one Republican and one Democrat working together in the White House? Given that the office of the President is imbued with power while the office […]

The Political News I’m Waiting For. What Are You Waiting For?

As the summer progresses, I find myself waiting with interest for the arrival of some pieces of news. Here’s what I’m waiting for:

Section 527 quarterly financial reports. Most non-profit political organizations must file reports of their contributions and expenditures with the IRS on July 15 or July 20. With most reports filed electronically nowadays, […]

Unity12 Task Force Begins Registrations; Unity08 Was a Corporate Zombie

Unity08, the organization that sought to have its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States placed on the November 2008 ballot, filed organization papers as a corporation in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Records show that the corporate registration in each of these jurisdictions was revoked: Washington, DC does not display […]

Unity08 Resurrected as Unity12 Task Force in Washington, DC

In the 2008 presidential election cycle, the well-connected Unity08 corporation declared that it would run the nation’s first-ever online presidential nomination in order to run its very own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Unity08, peppered with lobbyists and media consultants, broke its early small-money pledge and sought to take campaign […]