Once heralding democracy for everyone, Americans Elect has restricted its voting membership down from tens of thousands of people to just three individuals: the individual Wall Street tycoon Peter Ackerman, the individual Wall Street tycoon Michael Bloomberg, and the individual Wall Street hedge fund Passport Capital (yes, corporations are people). Democracy works best when the [...]
Meet the voters of Americans Elect. There are only three of them.
Voter #1: Michael Bloomberg. Voter qualification: $500,000 in Wall Street money. Michael Bloomberg made billions of dollars selling high-priced infrastructure to Wall Street traders, allowing those gain unusually quick access to company information so they could make better trades and make more money [...]
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 [...]
In February 2012, Republican state representative and Americans Elect chief legal counsel Dan Winslow said you know it’s time to reform the presidential election system when technical difficulties interfere with democratic process:
On May 17, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect announced that it would cancel its planned privatized presidential nomination. Why? Because too few registered voters showed an interest in participating in a system that gave ultimate candidate selection authority to a self-selected corporate board.
Two days later, on May 19, a grassroots-organized and inclusive new group [...]
By September 3 2012, the apparently abortive online nominating voting via Americans Elect will have concluded. With hidden votes already happening and the secret ballot done away with, it will be a time for reflection on the future of internet voting. Can a safe, secure and corruption-free system for internet-based democracy actually be built?
There are approximately 276 ways in which Americans Elect has degraded the standard for transparency, accuracy and democracy in presidential politics, from suppressing votes to less-than-factual representations to the media and on and on, Americans Elect is playing a lords’ game with the vote.
That’s why AE Transparency has created a petition to “Make Americans [...]
The full text of a petition to reverse Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6, which directly disenfranchises Americans Elect delegates and places ballot access control firmly in the hands of a unanimous corporate-appointed board. [...]
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. [...]
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: [...]
A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to forbid delegate rule challenges of unanimous Board of Directors decisions. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules? Watch and see. [...]