The Mayday Super PAC, asking Americans to “embrace the irony,” is planning on spending millions of dollars (half from big donors) in order to promote policies that it says would enact “fundamental reform in the way elections are funded.” Some are enthusiastic about the prospect. Others are derisive. I am uncertain. On the one hand, [...]
Disenfranchisement. Oligarchy. Plutocracy. These are now the official principles of Americans Elect. Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation funded by Wall Street hedge fund executives that is trying to run its own online privatized presidential nomination in 2012. Until now the Americans Elect corporate board has paid lip service to the idea of democracy within the Americans Elect process. That changed today. [...]
A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to forbid delegate rule challenges of unanimous Board of Directors decisions. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules? Watch and see. [...]
Americans Elect is the first-ever 501c4 corporation to want to run its very own privatized online election to nominate a presidential candidate. It’s only 100 days until the first ballot. But it has run a preliminary vote already. Did Americans Elect abide by the results? [...]
News Item: Christine Todd Whitman Joins the Board of Directors of Americans Elect — November 2011.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.
“I would hope he would do [...]
With a fourth interview coming to light, the record of Americans Elect Director Christine Todd Whitman‘s non-neutrality stance is as follows:
October 6 2011: interview on MSNBC in which Whitman praises Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and promotes Americans Elect. October 13 2011: interview with Hippo Press in which Whitman praises Republican presidential candidate Jon [...]
Is Americans Elect really neutral in the presidential race? In order to preserve its appearance of neutrality, Americans Elect corporate bylaws require its Directors to refrain from promoting any candidate for President:
Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President [...]
Americans Elect is a corporation seeking to run the nation’s first private online presidential nomination in the Spring of 2012. The last update of Americans Elect’s Who We Are page, effective October 31 2011, lists Americans Elect’s new Board of Directors. One of the new Directors is the Republican former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd [...]
Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating convention of Americans Elect.
That’s the very specific requirement set out in the bylaws of Americans Elect, the 501c4 [...]
Americans Elect wants to be the first corporation to run its own candidate for President of the United States without disclosing its funding sources. Strangely enough, that makes some people suspicious. But today I’ve found a feature of Americans Elect’s new draft rules that should allay those suspicions — so long as AE actually follows [...]
A tip of the pen to Scott Moore of Our Oregon for bringing an Oregon Public Broadcasting radio program this past week to my attention. OPB’s Dave Miller interviewed Kellen Arno, Vice President of the for-profit ballot-signature corporation Arno Political Associates and National Field Director of Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation with the aim of [...]