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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 [...]

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 [...]

Immunity, Service, Loyalty, Penalty: Americans Elect Bylaws set up Political Caste System

In the study of any stratified system, the boundaries of caste or rank are identified by noting distinctions in privileges, expectations and penalties for members of different groups within that system. And so if we seek to understand the social system set up by Americans Elect for nominating candidates for president in 2012, we ought [...]

Americans Elect Bylaws Available in Searchable Full Text

Americans Elect is a section 501c4 corporation with a purpose of arranging the nomination and election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012. In a positive step, Americans Elect has written out its bylaws. Unfortunately, Americans Elect has not shared these bylaws with the public on its [...]

Americans Elect Party to Require Loyalty Oath, No-Critique Pledge by Delegates

“Any registered voter can become an Americans Elect delegate.” — Americans Elect

“Not really.” — Me

Americans Elect is a secretive 501c4 corporation with the aim of arranging the election of its own presidential candidate in 2012. Thanks to legally-mandated filings with the states of Nevada and Florida, new bylaws adopted by the Board of [...]

Americans Elect begins Delegate Signup with Limits to Political Discourse

Americans Elect, the corporation with a goal of electing its own presidential ticket in 2012, opened up its website americanselect.com yesterday to allow Americans to register as “delegates” who will cast votes in an online nominating election next year.

Earlier this year, Americans Elect insisted that “The Delegates—and the rest of the American people—are the [...]

Americans Elect Job Listing Apparently at Odds With Public Claim on Platform Questions

In its latest public account of itself, Americans Elect declares that any registered voter can register as a delegate in its 2012 presidential nominee selection process. Its delegates, Americans Elect promises in turn, will “craft the platform of key questions the candidates must answer”:

Any registered voter in the country, regardless of party, can become [...]

Americans Elect Provides 1st Public Statement of its Presidential Goals, Raising Questions

The group formerly known as Unity08 and briefly renamed the Unity12 Task Force has resurfaced as Americans Elect. Until this week, Americans Elect had remained a private Section 527 organization, registered with the IRS and issuing a variety of mission statements. Late this week, however, Americans Elect made its first public declaration of goals:

Americans [...]

Hillary Clinton Supporters or John McCain Supporters?

Is Hillary Clinton the kind of candidate who attracts people that would rather support the terrible right-wing policies of John McCain than the progressive policies of Barack Obama, or have these supposed hard-core Hillary Clinton activists really just plants from the Republican Party? [...]

Why is Hillary Clinton Even Bothering with Michigan and Florida Talk?

Over the past three to four days, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has sent multiple messages to my e-mail in-box. These messages go on and on about how important it is to her campaign for president that delegations from Florida and Michigan be seated. But Barack Obama leads Clinton in the delegate count by about 189 delegates [...]