Is Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination, a political party?
Gosh, no, said Americans Elect in the Spring of 2011:
“Here is what Americans Elect is not. We are not a third party. We are not a political party of any sort.”
Golly, no, said Americans Elect in the Summer of 2011:
Pity the secret funders of Americans Elect.
Americans Elect refuses to tell the public who the millionaires and billionaires are that laid out the seed money for this first ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination. Why? According to Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow, if the public knew the funders’ names, then the public [...]
At long last, the privatized presidential nomination called Americans Elect has explained why it is keeping the names of its big money donors a secret from the public. Their reason: if the public knew their names, Americans might say something that would hurt the donors’ feelings.
I’m not kidding. That’s the entire reason.
Dave Weigel [...]
There are many interesting details to note in Americans Elect‘s Form 990 for 2010, a form which after six months of delay has finally been made available. You can read it here.
The detail I’d like to note this morning is the distribution of power among the three Directors of Americans Elect in 2010, the [...]
Americans Elect wants to run the first ever national online election to nominate a candidate for president in six months’ time, but it seems it can’t or won’t get its paperwork straight.
I’ve been asking for Americans Elect to share its publicly-required tax documentation for nearly a year now, and Americans Elect had not complied [...]
[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 [...]
Americans Elect says it’s got the technical know-how needed to run the nation’s first-ever online presidential election safely, securely and verifiably, pulling it all off in just six months’ time.
Americans Elect filed with the IRS for an extension on filing its Form 990 as a 501c4 corporation earlier this year, explaining that despite its [...]
Yesterday, I sent Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine a message yet again formally requesting IRS documents relating to Americans Elect’s status as a 501c4 corporation. These documents include Form 990, an annual report, and Form 1024, the form Americans Elect would have sent in to the IRS officially requesting recognition as a 501c4 [...]
If the run-a-private-election-for-president effort called Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation, as it claims, then it should have filed a Form 1024 with the Internal Revenue Service. That’s the form by which a group applies for recognition of exemption under Section 501. The IRS declares that “a social welfare organization seeking recognition under section 501(c)(4) [...]
[Note: the following open letter has been sent this morning to Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine in e-mail form, one of the avenues by which the IRS explicitly recognizes official requests for information may take place.]
Dear Mr. Levine,
The following is an open letter which is directed to you and also published [...]