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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. [...]

Americans Elect Corporation Overrules Vote by Membership to Choose its own Platform of Questions

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? [...]

New Americans Elect Rule: Delegates Won’t be able to Reverse the Exclusion of Some Candidates at All

Americans Elect is the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination in American history, and Americans Elect has just released a new set of Convention Rules. You can read through a mirrored copy of the new Rules here and compare them to the old Rules for yourself. Americans Elect is characterizing the rules as a loosening of [...]

Americans Elect: 1 Employee is Worth 4 Students or 100 Union Members

According to the Americans Elect Draft Rules by which it proposes to run the nation’s first privatized online presidential nomination in 2012, anybody who’s constitutionally qualified to be President can ask Americans Elect for permission to run. Anybody can ask, but only some contenders will be allowed to run. The Candidate Certification Committee will get [...]

Americans Elect Political Party Fibs Matter: AE Planning to Run Variety of Candidates in 2014

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News shares a quiet admission by Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliott Ackerman: Americans Elect plans to run candidates under its banner for a variety of offices, not just President of the United States, in 2014.

Why does this matter? It matters from a standard of consistency: Americans Elect has [...]

Americans Elect introduces new “Priorities” Ranking System… Contradicting its Old System

What is Americans Elect doing?

At one level, we know what Americans Elect is doing: it intends to run the first-ever corporate privatized presidential nomination in little more than four months’ time. But on the path to that nomination, it’s rather unclear what Americans Elect is doing; its procedures, rationales, leadership, communications, funding and metrics [...]

Christine Todd Whitman Goes on TV and Promotes Jon Huntsman a Sixth Time, Violating Americans Elect Bylaws

She’s done it five times before; this is the sixth.

The Americans Elect bylaws are very specific, as an Americans Elect Director, Christine Todd Whitman is not supposed to “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 [...]

Americans Elect Leaders: Bylaws are Set Up to Constrain Democracy, Favor Certain Candidates

In less than 5 months time, the 501c4 corporation called Americans Elect will start holding its rounds of online voting in which candidates for President of the United States will vie for Americans Elect’s nomination and its 50-state ballot access. But before the first online vote is cast, the Americans Elect corporate board and its [...]

Open Letter to Americans Elect by William Busa: Poll Match Fails Professional Standards

[Editor's note: William Busa has asked Irregular Times to share the following open letter to Americans Elect regarding its new "Candidate" page, on which Americans Elect promotes ranked presidential contenders according to their alleged "National Match" with Americans' values. We're happy to oblige. - Jim Cook]

To: Kahlil Byrd, CEO, Americans Elect From: William Busa [...]

2nd October 2011 Video Appears in Which Americans Elect Director Praises Jon Huntsman

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 [...]

Christine Todd Whitman, Americans Elect Director, Speaks out for Jon Huntsman 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 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 [...]