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Snooty Mitt Romney Parties At Chateau Carolands

The Mitt Romney for President campaign is having its latest big campaign fundraiser, not at the average house on your corner, but at Chateau Carolands, a 65,000 square foot palace. The price to have dinner with Mitt Romney is 50,000 dollars. Those better be some really tasty chicken nuggets. [...]

Congressman Peter Stark’s Address On Religion and Public Service

A transcript of the speech of Congressman Peter Stark to the Reason Rally, a gathering last weekend of thousands of non-theist Americans on the National Mall. [...]

68 People Arrested While Protesting Tuition Hikes In California

Yesterday, huge numbers of students marched on the California state capitol in an Occupy Education protest, asking for an end to tuition increases. They were met by police in riot gear. 68 of the protesters were hauled off to jail. [...]

Americans Elect, Insisting it is Not A Political Party, Generates Thousands of Political Party Registrations in California

January 31, 2012: Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow is the latest in a long parade of Americans Elect corporate leaders to declare that Americans Elect is not a political party:

February 2, 2012: California publicly releases its statistics regarding political party registrations as of January 3 2012. The “not a political party” Americans [...]

Democracy Managed: Sponheim campaign recording of Americans Elect reveals new strategy for Not Releasing Donor Names

Self-proclaimed “centrist” presidential candidate David Jon Sponheim and an associate have been live-streaming the proceedings of an Americans Elect “conference” being held in California. I put the word “conference” in quotes because there’s not much “co” to the proceedings. Facilitator Jake Brewer (a corporate communications professional) has been using phrases like “co-creation” and “all about [...]

Kahlil Byrd Tells NPR Americans Elect is Not a Political Party when it is a Party. Why?

Advertisements appearing at the New York Times website last week, explaining that Americans Elect is “Not a Party”:

On NPR yesterday:

“We’re not a political party and don’t have an aspiration to be,” said Kahlil Byrd, a political consultant and president of Americans Elect.

The Secretary of State of Ohio the day before yesterday:

[...]

Occupy The Other Wall Street

About 20 miles to the north of the Salton Sea, between Los Angeles and the border with Arizona, the Wall Street mill was once a busy center of economic activity, a place for miners to refine gold out the ore they hauled out of the ground. It’s been abandoned for 50 years. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]