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Government Political Donation Site Goes Dark and Stays Dark, Keeping Big Money in the Dark

It may seem like a long time ago, but it was not so long. Back in 2006, a political corporation called Unity08 started sending out well-funded broadcasts and arranging high-profile media placements through its inside connections. While it claimed that it was standing against the forces of “big money” and demanded that other political parties [...]

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 [...]

Asking a Third Time for Americans Elect’s 2011 Form 990

The Internal Revenue Service grants every American the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail [...]

Americans Elect Completes Violation of Promise, Spending $$ to Oppose and Support Candidates w/o Democracy

In its official IRS Form 990, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect asserted its freedom from campaign finance restrictions by declaring that “Americans Elect does not and will not support or oppose any candidate or candidate committee.” Click the image for the full Internal Revenue Service document:

Americans Elect broke the “will not support any [...]

As Staffers Jump Ship, Americans Elect Delays Financial Disclosure Again

According to the IRS, members of the American public have the right to ask for the Form 990 annual financial disclosure from any Section 501(c) corporation. Those disclosures matter because they provide information the activities of corporations that most don’t disclose voluntarily. By looking at a Form 990, it’s possible to find out to some [...]

Asking (Again) For Americans Elect Form 990, August 2012

As Americans, we have the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of the a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail or by [...]

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 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 CTO Joshua Levine writes to Irregular Times, fails to produce Form 1024

Yesterday, I sent Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine a message yet again formally requesting IRS documents relating to Americans Elect’s status as a 501c4 corporation. These documents include Form 990, an annual report, and Form 1024, the form Americans Elect would have sent in to the IRS officially requesting recognition as a 501c4 [...]

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 [...]