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Americans Elect Form 990 for 2011 — Read it Here

Before the legally-required 30-day deadline after my request, and with its two legally-available delays exhausted, the Americans Elect corporation sent its 2011 IRS Form 990 to me in the mail last week. Form 990 reveals organizational and financial information about a 501c4 corporation like Americans Elect, information in greater detail than Americans Elect has disseminated [...]

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) [...]

Non-Partisan GOOOH Picks a Side in the Battle for Congress

Three years ago, I stumbled across a new political effort called GOOOH. Pronounced “Go,” GOOOH is an acronym standing for Get Out Of Our House, and in 2010 it is still GOOOHing. The GOOOal: to replace all 435 current members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 with new representatives chosen in a distinct [...]

Preliminary Data: 2009 was Record High Year for collection of Warrantless Suspicious Activity Reports by U.S. Government

The Patriot Act, passed back in 2001, requires banks and other financial institutions to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions at a dramatically lower standard for what qualifies as “suspicious” and a new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs — “politically exposed persons.” NPR’s [...]

Sarah Palin Mismanaged Pension Funds

Under Sarah Palin, Wasilla’s pension funds fell into a shambles. By 2002, the funding of the village’s pension obligations had dropped dramatically to just 73 percent, and the unfunded pension liability Wasilla faced had risen to 52 percent. [...]