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Postponing Transparency, Americans Elect Delays the Posting of Form 990 Disclosures (5/2012)

Finally, after two years of initiating contact with Americans Elect and asking for a response, the 501c4 corporation that wanted to elect its own President of the United States has written me a letter in response.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Americans Elect’s letter — even after its failure to […]

Formal Request for Americans Elect Form 990 (and why it’s important to keep asking)

Americans Elect, which until this week told America it would run the country’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination, is a corporation organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code. The federal government requires corporations organized under Section 501(c) to make the following forms available the same day upon an in-person request, or within 30 days […]

Americans Elect Says it will Answer Any Questions on February 12 at 6pm Eastern. Will It Really?

Update, 2/12/2012 @9:18PM: The Short Answer is “No.” The long answer is that Americans Elect refused to answer any probing, difficult questions. The affair, unfortunately, was a public relations event, not a democratic one. See details here.

There’s a 501c4 corporation and political party on the national scene that has been mum on many matters. […]

Democracy Managed: Sponheim campaign recording of Americans Elect reveals new strategy for Not Releasing Donor Names

Self-proclaimed “centrist” presidential candidate David Jon Sponheim and an associate have been live-streaming the proceedings of an Americans Elect “conference” being held in California. I put the word “conference” in quotes because there’s not much “co” to the proceedings. Facilitator Jake Brewer (a corporate communications professional) has been using phrases like “co-creation” and “all about […]

From Arizona, another Document to show that Yes, Americans Elect is a Political Party

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:


Disclosures Americans Elect Can Make About its Funders Right Now — Without Retaliation Against Them

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 […]

Americans Elect finally reveals Reason for keeping Donors’ Names Secret: Americans would Talk about Them

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 […]

On The Issues Shares Americans Elect Candidate Rating Methodology, Grading Obama in Bizarre Fashion

A private company called On The Issues has been assigned by Americans Elect to the task of rating certain 2012 presidential contenders over others, and the results are currently casting favor upon its Top Nine ranked contenders, each one a Republican. After some delay, On The Issues has released its methodology to reporter Jonathan Tilove, […]

Americans Elect Form 990 Shows Peter Ackerman in Firm Control from the Start

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 Refuses to File Public Disclosure Form 1024, Keeping its Political Business Private

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 […]

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 […]