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Review: Independents Rising by Jacqueline Salit

On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a [...]

Centrist? Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Says a Living Wage for Workers is Downright Soviet

When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible [...]

Mike Bloomberg Handing Over $80 Million to Peter Ackerman of Americans Elect

Peter Ackerman is the Founder, Chairman, apparent primary Funder and President of Americans Elect.

Americans Elect is the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination with heavy control over nominee selection by a Board of Directors.

That Board of Directors was appointed by Peter Ackerman and his surrogates.

Peter Ackerman is a co-founder, Director and the majority [...]

How Democracy Works in America

1. Wealthy socialite and daughter of former president declares interest in becoming United States Senator.

2. Wealthy socialite gets in touch with billionaire mayor of the Big Apple.

3. Billionaire mayor deploys top aide to contact powerholders across New York State with message that wealthy socialite’s appointment to the US Senate is inevitable, “so get [...]

Bailey’s Draft Bloomberg “Movement” Overwhelmingly Funded by Just Two Megacontributors

Who was behind Doug Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon’s Draft Bloomberg Committee, the organization that sought to bring Michael Bloomberg as a partyless candidate into the 2008 presidential race? The answer is at once more complicated and more simple than you might think.

The process to ferret out just who gave to Bailey and Rafshoon’s Draft [...]

Contribution to Draft Bloomberg Committee by Unity08 Goes Unmentioned by Unity08 in its Own Report

The Draft Bloomberg Committee reports in its 1st Quarter Disclosure that it received a $1,288 contribution from Unity08 on March 4, 2008. Unity08 reports no such contribution to the Draft Bloomberg Committee in its 1st Quarter report (filed two days late and just now made available). Both Unity08 and the Draft Bloomberg Committee report other [...]

Unity08 Gave Money to Draft Bloomberg Committee

Happy April 15! This isn’t just the day you need to file your tax return. It’s also the day that political organizations not regulated by the FEC are required to file their 1st Quarter disclosures of political contributions with the Internal Revenue Service.

Well, looky looky. I see the Draft Bloomberg Committee has indeed filed [...]