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Americans Elect Steps Up Attacks on Democracy: Now a Corporate Board Decides Who’s On and Off the Ballot

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. […]

Drilldown on Americans Elect Platform of Questions: #72 in Vote Elevated to #4 on Final List

Name of the process in which Americans Elect rank and file members vote on which questions will be asked of the eventual Americans Elect presidential candidates in the “Platform of Questions”: Shape the Debate

Text of the question about the national debt that got the most member votes: “How do you plan to address our […]

“Getting Involved”: Americans Elect vs. the October 2011 DC Occupation

Getting Involved, the October 2011 DC Occupation version:

In preparation for the occupation of Freedom Plaza starting on October 6th (see http://october2011.org/), join organizers, educators, and concerned citizens for two participatory evening workshops exploring the strategic power of nonviolence and its applications to our social change efforts. You are welcome to attend one or both […]

Americans Elect Field Director Fibs about Candidate Censoring Committee on Public Radio

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 […]

Americans Elect Picks Core Questions for 2012 without Member Input

As Policy Director and then as Chief Operating Officer, Americans Elect corporate leader Elliot Ackerman has been saying for many months that the ordinary citizen members of Americans Elect, not Americans Elect corporate leadership, would be identifying the core questions to drive its 2012 presidential nominating process:

Delegates to the Americans Elect convention will help […]

Between May and July, Americans Elect Restricted Who May Run for President

When the corporation/political party called Americans Elect publicly rolled out its 2012 presidential effort at the end of July 2011, its method for nominating a presidential candidate contained a restriction:

As explained to Thomas Friedman:

Any presidential nominee must conform to all the Constitutional requirements, as well as be considered someone of similar stature to […]

Americans Elect Shuts its “True Boss” out of Administration for 2012

Rhetoric:

#6 of Six Things to Know: The Delegates are the Boss

Here’s this week’s fact: “The Delegates — and the rest of the American people — are the true boss of Americans Elect.”…

Americans Elect is a platform. We have no candidate, issues, or ideology of our own. We are simply a vehicle […]

Corporate Types Mess With Elections Using Guns As A Pretense

The Gun Owners of America is working against the re-election of Harry Reid in protest against votes that don’t have much of anything to do with guns. […]

They’re Serious: Americans Elect Corp Registers in 50 States

You may be wondering whether the Americans Elect corporation is serious in its ambition to get its own candidates for President and Vice President elected in 2012. I’ve been wondering too. But then I did a bit of checking and found out that within the past three weeks Americans Elect (or the similarly-named “Americans Elect […]

How To Write for the New York Times Technology Section in 4 Easy Steps

You can write for the New York Times Technology section, and I’ll show you how in four easy steps:

1. Subscribe to the Apple Press Release newsfeed at http://www.apple.com/pr/ so that every time Apple comes out with a new gadget, you’ll know right away.

2. When an Apple corporate press release pops up on […]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on […]