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The Common Sense Coalition Promises to Disclose its Donors (with Update)

Like Americans Elect, The Common Sense Coalition is a 501(c)(4) corporation. The Common Sense Coalition holds leadership in common with Americans Elect and explicitly identifies itself as continuing the mission of Americans Elect, but in its disclosure behavior it promises to be rather different from Americans Elect.

On June 20 of this year, I [...]

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 [...]

[Updated with CORRECTION] Kahlil Byrd Announces Mass Wave of Resignations from Americans Elect Leadership

A tip of the pen to Ralph on this.

Kahlil Byrd is the Americans Elect executive who has variously referred to himself the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Custodian of Records, Party Coordinator, Director and Paid Consultant of the 501c4 corporation that plans to run its own corporate presidential nomination in 2012. [...]

Elliot Ackerman says the names of Americans Elect donors are on its website. They aren’t.

In an August 1 2011 interview broadcast over the airwaves of the Wisconsin Radio Network, Americans Elect COO Elliot Ackerman claimed that names of donors to Americans Elect “are available publicly on the website.” That would surely be reassuring to listeners who might be worrying whether the group might be hiding something about the sources [...]

Americans Elect Shuts Down as 527, Begins Life as No-Disclosure 501c4

Americans Elect is dead. Long live Americans Elect.

Last month, I noted a oddity: while Americans Elect continued in its activity to organize its very own presidential campaign for the year 2012, it had apparently terminated its own existence. As a corporation organized under Section 527 of IRS code, Americans Elect filed a “final notice” [...]

91% of Stand for Marriage Maine’s October Cash Came from 3 Religious Groups

A recently-released campaign finance report reveals that between October 1 and October 20, the anti-gay group “Stand for Marriage Maine” raised $1,410,689.80 in cash contributions. $1.4 million is a lot of money, especially for small-state Maine politics.

91% of that money came from just three sources:

The New Jersey based fundamentalist Christian organization called the [...]

Maine Anti-Gay Group Propped Up By Out-of-State Religious Dollars

Last week, I wrote that 86.4% of the $1,193,323.83 raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four sources:

1. The Knights of Columbus 2. The National Organization for Marriage 3. Focus on the Family 4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Stand for Marriage Maine is the [...]