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More Americans Elect Vogon Democracy: to Reverse our Policies, Just Contact and Convince 10,000 Delegates We’ve Hidden From You and Who May Not Exist. You Have 48 Hours.

Is this what Democracy looks like?

Here’s an e-mail Americans Elect Policy Director Brian Findlay sent me late last night after I followed AE rules and formally moved to reverse its decision to allow as few as 5 people to fully fund Americans Elect:

From: Brian Findlay Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:18 PM To: […]

What Americans Elect is Not Telling Us (8/22/11)

Americans Elect aims to accomplish two firsts in 2012:

1. It aims to be the first 501c4 corporation to elect a President of the United States.

2. It aims to be the first-ever presidential nomination process to ditch verification by local elections boards and instead run a private nominating election held entirely online.

Because the […]

Americans Elect Pledges to Add Some Disclosure by End of August 2011

The first 501c4 corporation ever to mount its own presidential nomination may soon be more transparent, to a degree that remains to be seen.

After the application of a fair amount of pressure by a large number of people, Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine has reversed his corporation’s previous stonewall policy and pledged […]

Americans Elect Does Not Communicate With “True Boss.” Will it Communicate with You?

Like No Labels, Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation. Like No Labels, Americans Elect refuses to disclose the identity of its secret unrestricted funders. Like No Labels, Americans Elect plans to use its mystery money to influence the 2012 Elections — in Americans Elect’s case, it plans to elect its very own President and Vice […]

4/26 Open Letter to Americans Elect on Democracy, Transparency and Communication

I’ve tried to initiate contact with the 501c4 corporation called Americans Elect a number of times over the last eight months. I’ve placed phone calls, sent e-mails, and written letters, all at decent intervals. I’ve even tried to knock on their office door a block away from the White House before being shooed away by […]

Contrary to Leader’s Maxim, Americans Elect Remains Closed Off from Citizens

“If the cost of a movement based on persuasion rather than coercion is occasional freelance action, by impetuous followers, the larger benefit is a movement that distributes initiative to its farthest outpost. Movements that expect people to take the personal risks inherent in nonviolent action have no alternative; they have to become what they want […]

Is Authoritarianism related to Open Communication in the U.S. Congress?

Last night, a visitor to Irregular Times named Luke made an interesting conjecture:

As a side-note, I am curious about the level of email openness in our Congressmen, if progressive, forward thinking congress critters are easier to contact than conservative, old fashioned ones. I have usually noticed that Republican elected officials either have no […]

Judge Rules Your E-Mail is Not Private, Government Can Read It Without Telling You

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and […]

90 Days Without a Response from Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy. How Long is Too Long?

It’s now been 90 days since a letter arrived at the office of my representative in the House, Mary Jo Kilroy. In that letter, I asked for something plain and simple: Rep. Kilroy’s position on the FISA Amendments Act. I’d raised the issue last year in personal conversation with her at a campaign event, and […]

Sotomayor And The Context Of New Reading

In considering Sonia Sotomayor, I prefer, given that the position is a lifetime appointment, to see a new Justice who has the ability to comprehend the way that human interactions change as the technologies that construct their social world evolve. […]

Mary Jo Kilroy: No Communication on Policy, Prompt Communication on Fundraising

You may recall that starting last year and continuing this spring, I’ve asked you to contact your members of Congress in order to find out their position regarding warrantless surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act and to nudge them toward taking action to reform FISA law. If you haven’t done so already, please read up […]