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John Avlon Represents The Financial Fringe With No Labels

It’s true that No Labels and John Avlon are opposed to the political fringe – but they don’t care to talk explicitly about who is in the political fringe that they detest. What they call the “political fringe” is none other than the 99 percent of Americans who have to work for their money, rather than resting in the comfort of plush inheritances and immense investment portfolios. We’re on the fringe because, unlike the leaders of No Labels, we cannot afford to buy political access for ourselves. [...]

Fact Check: Are the “Extremes from Each Party” Really in Control of Congress?

As part of its push to change politics to prevent “unseemly populism,” cut Social Security and Medicare, deunionize teachers and restore “respect for wealth creation,” the “Common Sense Coalition” identifies this platform as part of the “common sense” “center,” deviations from which are “extreme.” In a May 1 guest post at The Common Sense Coalition, [...]

Too Neutral? Even After Political Death, Americans Elect Can’t Stop Hawking Centrism

The emerging media consensus about why Americans Elect failed is wrong. Media analysts — from Linda Feldman to Will Marshall to Noreen Malone — have declared that the corporate-presidential nominating system’s death came from not having a position or a candidate and instead building a blank platform that anyone could use. The emerging media consensus [...]

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 [...]

Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow: OK, Yeah, our Goal actually is a Centrist Candidate

In spring of 2011, the privatized presidential nominating corporation called Americans Elect released fundraising videos declaring its purpose: finding a presidential candidate to speak for the “sensible center.”

By summer of 2011, Americans Elect had scrubbed all mention of its “sensible center” advocacy from its website. You can’t find any such reference on the Americans [...]

Recognizing Bernie Sanders, Americans Elect Prioritizes Democratic Process over Desired Result

Despite its early promotion of Buddy Roemer as a presidential candidate, Roemer never took off as a popular option within the Americans Elect “tracking” system, a social media widget in which people indicate their interest on the AmericansElect.com “Candidates Page”. Yesterday morning, populist independent Senator Bernie Sanders blew by Buddy Roemer to become one of [...]

Americans Elect Spins Clear Trends on Economy and the Budget into Third Way Centrism

The 501c4 corporation trying to run its own presidential nomination, Americans Elect, keeps insisting that it has no ideology: “Americans Elect doesn’t have an ideology or agenda, either.”

But Americans Elect just can’t keep its ideology from leaking out. Check out its latest “news” post in which it rejects the “extremes” of budget policy and [...]

No Agendas? Really? Americans Elect Bylaws specify 2012 ticket with “Centrist Principles”

Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation that has refused to share the sources of its funding, is working to arrange the election of its very own presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2012. Americans Elect President and Chairman Peter Ackerman walked away from his 1980s role as assistant to junk bond king Michael Milken with half [...]

Bridging the Vital Center: Testing Americans Elect’s Complaints About Cooperation Across Ideology in Congress

“America faces large challenges, but the two political parties in Washington are not working together to find solutions. Most voters — Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — feel unrepresented by both extremes. We need new leadership, and it begins with you.

In June 2012, Americans Elect will invite you and every registered voter in the country [...]

Peter Ackerman Speaks Briefly at Gala about Americans Elect 2012 Presidential Plans

On October 22, 2010, Peter Ackerman received an award at a gala fundraiser in New York City for Breakthrough TV, a human rights media non-profit. These were the ticket prices:

Admission: $50,000.00 Visionary Table $25,000.00 Luminary Table $15,000.00 Icon Table $10,000.00 Pathfinder $1,500.00 Individual Ticket – Priority Seating $1,000.00 Individual Ticket – Preferred Seating $500.00 [...]

Friedman: Give America More of What Drags America Down

Welcome to Thomas Friedman’s brain:

The Problem: Barack Obama’s legislative agenda has been stymied by politicians to his right:

President Obama has not been a do-nothing failure. He has some real accomplishments. He passed a health care expansion, a financial regulation expansion, stabilized the economy, started a national education reform initiative and has conducted a [...]