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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the past year or so, I’ve written two posts strongly critical of the New York Times’ technology reporting. The two articles about which I wrote, both by Stephen C. Williams (5/1/2008 and 10/20/2009), included images taken directly from Apple and Motorola corporate press kits and presented no “facts” about the products beyond those offered […]
This year the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri announced that its financial straits were so dire that it would be forced to fire 25 of its employees.
Also this year, the Archdiocese of St. Louis sent a $10,000.00 check to a Ballot Question Committee in Maine, to be spent convincing Mainers that […]
Arizona’s Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has put on a public face of economic hardship this year:
A poor economy is now affecting the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix eliminated 17 positions, which has resulted in 11 layoffs along with two other positions being cut to part-time.
Among those let go were the […]