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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 […]

The General Election Pledge Americans Elect Hasn’t Made

It’s only 85 days until the first ballot of the Americans Elect presidential nomination, the first ever all-online presidential nomination in which a corporation will decide which candidates can run, the same corporation will run the election, and yes, the very same corporation is in charge of how the votes are counted. What else do […]

Americans Elect Corporation Overrules Vote by Membership to Choose its own Platform of Questions

Americans Elect is the first-ever 501c4 corporation to want to run its very own privatized online election to nominate a presidential candidate. It’s only 100 days until the first ballot. But it has run a preliminary vote already. Did Americans Elect abide by the results? […]

What Would Form 1024 Tell Us About Americans Elect (if they would let us see it?)

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) […]

Open Letter to Americans Elect CTO Joshua Levine Formally Requesting IRS Documents (Yet Again)

[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 […]

Democracy21 asks IRS to Investigate Americans Elect for Corporate Code Violations

Why has the presidential-nominating corporation called Americans Elect been insisting again and again in public that it is not a political party, while in private it has quietly acknowledged that it is indeed a political party, and not just a state political party but a “national party”?

Today we finally got an answer from documents […]

Mark McKinnon Hawks Americans Elect on NBC without Disclosing he is an Official Advisor

In addition to being a top political operative, Mark McKinnon is on the list of Official Advisors to Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate effort to run a private nomination for President of the United States.

On September 4 2011, Mark McKinnon interrupted moderator David Gregory on Meet the Press to insert an advertisement for the […]

Douglas Schoen & Americans Elect in Media Tango: No Relationship Talk, It’s just a Dance

On December 31 2010, Douglas Schoen wrote a prediction about 2011’s “biggest political surprise” in a piece published by the Washington Post:

The biggest political surprise of 2011 will be the emergence of a potentially serious third-party candidate for president in 2012. There is simply too much dissatisfaction with Washington and with our political system […]

By what standards will we judge Americans Elect?

Americans Elect is a Section 527 political corporation that began life earlier this year as the “Unity 12 task force,” a resurrection of the old Unity08 that declared its intention to:

1. Hold an online nomination to 2. Select a ticket for President and Vice President of the United States, 3. One of whom would […]

Resource: List of Campaign Finance Disclosure Websites State by State

Transparency shouldn’t be opaque.

For the life of me, I haven’t been able to find a current list of campaign finance websites covering local political donations in the 50 states of the USA. The best I could find was an old list helpfully compiled by the Campaign Disclosure Project. It’s a good start, but it […]

Unity12 Task Force Wholly Funded by 1 Man: Investment Executive and Takeover Artist Peter Ackerman

The Unity12 Task Force is a Section 527 IRS-registered corporation, formed shortly after lawyers for the old Unity08 won a lawsuit against the FEC. That victory in court granted this new Unity12 corporation the power to take loans and donations of an unlimited size.

Unity12?s self-declared goal is the same as Unity08’s, to shepherd […]