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Americans Elect Strikes Again with Halloween Spending on the Maine Senate Race

When it was trying to win the support of the American people, the corporation called Americans Elect made a pledge not to support or oppose any political candidate. It was a neutral player in the political system, Americans Elect told us; it was just trying to strengthen democracy. To that end, Americans Elect pledged that [...]

You Choose? Americans Elect Changes its Tune, Buying Angus King for Senate Ads without a Vote

When the 501(c)(4) corporation Americans Elect was trying to convince people in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to give it money and participate in its process, it promised that Americans Elect had no hidden agenda, no favored candidates. Americans Elect promised that the people, not its corporate leaders, would choose candidates:

“Your voice matters. You [...]

Americans Elect Spokesperson Acknowledges Big Lie: Delegate Count inflated by at least 400%

In the all-online corporate privatized presidential nomination effort called Americans Elect, there are different levels of participation:

1. Facebook Fan: someone who “likes” Americans Elect on Facebook. As of this morning, 466,625 people have “liked” Americans Elect on Facebook.

2. Account holder: someone who signed up for an account at americanselect.com. Americans Elect has never [...]

Americans Elect Says it Has 400,000 Delegates. Fewer than 500 Delegates Tell AE to Continue.

The privatized presidential campaign corporation called Americans Elect has made repeated public claims that it has at least “400,000 delegates” (source | source | source). However, Americans Elect has refused to release a verifiable count of delegates, and there are good reasons to believe that its claim is not true (see here and here). It [...]

Frustrated, Americans Elect Delegate Opens Town Hall, Invites Everyone to Participate

Updated 4/28 10:08 pm to reflect the fact, confirmed at http://aetownhall.com/node/119#new, that Americans Elect delegate BarberB has created the Americans Elect Town Hall website independently:

“I built this website on my own with no support for AE, and in fact proposed this as the build this back in febuary as ‘superchooseday’, and got miffed when [...]

Americans Elect Fibs about the number of its Delegates again

Americans Elect, a corporation that is trying to run and count the votes in the nation’s first-ever online-only presidential nomination, issued a press release on March 14 2012 in which it claimed to have 400,000 delegates:

Americans Elect delegates, which now total more than 400,000 and counting, can draft and support a presidential candidate of [...]

Vogon Democracy, Revised: Americans Elect Violates Rules, Then Fixes the Problem

Update, March 8 2012: More Vogon Democracy…

Update, March 7 2012: Americans Elect has responded, fixing its violation of Rule 12.2…

… by posting an update with a link to the motion:

I am glad to see Americans Elect move into greater compliance with its Rules.

It would be helpful if Americans [...]

Americans Elect Invents New Restriction for Delegates that’s Not in its Rules or Bylaws. Time for Delegates to Voice Formal Dissent.

Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that doesn’t disclose the sources of its funding, that wants to run the nation’s first-ever privatized online presidential nomination, and that wants to bump aside impartial boards of election to count its own votes. Americans Elect has a set of official rules (most recent version here) and corporate bylaws [...]

After Presidential Draft Candidate System Debuts, Who’s Talking About Americans Elect and How?

On the last day of January 2012, Americans Elect rolled out its online voting system by which identity-verified delegates could draft candidates to appear on the ballot for the Americans Elect presidential nomination. Americans Elect has indirectly referred to the number of people participating in the new candidate-drafting system…

“The Americans Elect Candidates page has [...]

147 Days to First Americans Elect Ballot: No Delegates, No Candidates, No Auditors

According to both Americans Elect’s home page and its draft rules, the 501c4 corporation will hold its first round of voting in 147 days, less than five months from now. The outcome of that vote: a nominee for President of the United States of America. Americans Elect will be on the ballot in all 50 [...]

Americans Elect posts Draft Rules and Candidate Handbook

Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation seeking to arrange the nomination of its own presidential candidates through a private process in 2012, has posted its draft rules (“pending public comment and rules committee adoption”) and candidate handbook.

One highlight from the draft rules:

1.2 Acceptance of Delegate Pledge. Any Delegate shall submit via the Americans Elect [...]