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Americans Elect Race to the Nomination Ballot (3/10/12): Turtles all the way Down

Bill Busa, a frequent observer of Americans Elect with a critical eye for detail, has asked me to post the following graph and accompanying text he’s written about prospects for contenders to actually make the Americans Elect ballot in the nation’s first online privatized presidential nomination. I’m happy to oblige:

Busa’s captioned commentary:

To […]

Another Californian Reports Shenanigans in Americans Elect Petition Effort

Americans Elect is a 501(c)4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. But according to on-the-ground reports, signature gatherers acting on behalf of Americans Elect may not be telling the whole truth or even the partial truth about the corporation’s campaign plans.

Political […]

In Solicitation for Funds, Americans Elect Reveals Budget and Ballot Access Plans

Americans Elect is a private 501c4 corporation with plans to elect its own candidate for President and Vice President of the United States. A leaked solicitation to the well-heeled for funds indicates the scope of its budget and the time frame for its ballot access plans.

Alex Rodrigues, who has done graphic design work for […]

Americans Elect Faces May 25 Date to Submit Petitions in California

The Office of Legislative and Constituent Affairs under the Secretary of State of California has helpfully passed on a copy of a letter by California Secretary of State legislative counsel Rachelle C. Delucchi to Americans Elect corporate executives Peter Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd. This letter, which regards the Americans Elect’s efforts to qualify for the […]

With Blank Petition and Blank Petitioners, Americans Elect Raises Concern in Fresno

Americans Elect is a 501(c)4 corporation with aims to get on the 2012 ballot in all 50 states and to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Student journalists at Fresno City College’s RamPage newspaper report that the appearance of Americans Elect petition circulators on campus […]

Americans Elect files as political party in Florida

I am indebted to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for his discovery that Americans Elect has filed papers to gain recognition in the state of Florida as a political party. As of today, the 2012 presidential contending group does not yet appear on the official list of approved political parties in Florida; barring any […]

Why an Americans Elect Signature Gatherer in California Called it Quits

Levi Denham, a former signature gatherer for Americans Elect in the state of California, wrote to me last week to explain why he’s refused to collect signatures for the 501c4 corporation’s presidential election effort any more:

I wanted to find a way to pitch this to people without feeling deceitful. Signing a petition that could […]

ProVote America contention regarding Americans Elect: Wealthy Billionaires tied to No Labels. True?

The administrator account in the forums of ProVote America, a company gathering signatures for the Americans Elect party qualification effort in California, has written descriptions of the Americans Elect petition and a pitch for it as the group tries to gain ballot access for its 2012 presidential candidates:

Most likely written by ProVote America […]

Americans Elect Petition Gatherers Encounter Suspicion in Michigan

A resident of Macomb County Michigan reacts with perplexity to an encounter with a petition gatherer for Americans Elect, which is attempting to gain ballot access in the state for the 2012 presidential election but which does not provide public contact information:

They want our signatures, email address’s, street addresses and yet they seem to […]

Americans Elect Signature Worker: “We’re not allowed to talk to Press”

Reporter Alexis Tittle of GC Summit reports on her encounter with paid signature gatherers for Americans Elect at Grossmont College in California on Wednesday:

When they solicit Grossmont students’ signatures for the three forms on their table, Tony Willison and Randy Shimizu get, according to them, no hourly wage or compensation for Prop 8 or […]

Can You Corroborate the Veracity of Americans Elect Documents?

As the presidential-ticket-running corporation/political party called Americans Elect gets ready for a public launch, I need your help establishing the veracity of some documents that may be related to their efforts to get on the ballot. As it gathers ballots from the Upper Midwest through the American Southwest, Americans Elect relies on the work of […]