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Presidential Campaign Breakfast And Vice Presidential Suggestion

Unlike other presidential candidates, Dr. Jill Stein isn’t having luxury parties with the wealthy. She’s having potluck breakfasts with working Americans, and asking them for their own ideas about who she ought to pick as a running mate. [...]

Draft Walker Fever Ran Cold: Independent Expenditure Committee Reports No Expenditures

On the very first day the Committee to Get Walker Running announced its existence to the public, the DC beltway publication Politico declared: “Walker Fever: It’s Spreading.” The basis for author Alexander Burns’ diagnosis of a “fever” for David Walker as an Americans Elect presidential candidate was the emergence of the Committee with Yoni Gruskin [...]

What Upcoming Protests Do You Know About? How Did You Find Out?

When mainstream media outlets pointedly refuse to cover massive protests on the street, it becomes incumbent upon those of us who write off the mainstream to spread the word of upcoming protest. The problem with finding information off the mainstream is that it can be swamped by the ranks of “serious journalists” who tell us [...]

What Does Grassroots Mean Anymore?

Big media organizations such as the New York Times have lost touch with what genuine grassroots organizations look like. What these corporate news operations describe with the the term “grassroots” nowadays is rather like their own organizations: Designed for consumption by individuals, but only though a system of distribution controlled from the top down, powered by large payments from a few sources with a lot of money. [...]

Document: “Grassroots” Committee to Draft David Walker for President intends to take Big Money

The Committee to Get Walker Running — a draft committee trying to get David Walker on the presidential ballot through Americans Elect — calls itself a “grassroots and youth-driven initiative” in public:

Grassroots? In private, the committee informed the Federal Election Commission on April 24 that “This committee intends to make unlimited independent expenditures, [...]

31 hour Green Party Straw Poll outpulls 60 hour Americans Elect Candidate Draft

At 11 AM on Wednesday February 1 2012, Green Party Watch started an online presidential straw poll. 31 hours later, at the time when the straw poll was scheduled to close, 1689 people had voted, each for one candidate. The results:

Jill Stein: 1210 votes Roseanne Barr: 438 votes Kent Mesplay: 33 votes Harley Mikkelson: [...]

Talk about J16 Occupy the Dream and J17 Occupy Congress Grows in Decentralized Grassroots Fashion

… while Americans Elect twitter talk apparently jumps the shark, dominated. [...]

Comparing the Americans Elect and Jill Stein Twitter Networks: What Grassroots Looks Like

A few days ago, when I graphed the network of Twitter posts mentioning Americans Elect, one of the immediately apparent features of that network was the central role in tweets issued by representatives of the mainstream news media, in varying degrees of connection to the communications of Americans Elect itself. Click on this image for [...]

Breaking News: Americans Elect Leader thinks Americans Elect is a Great Idea

In its latest piece of press release “news,” the 501c4 corporation to nominate a presidential candidate called Americans Elect shares the considered analysis of one Mark McKinnon, described by Americans Elect as a “Columnist” and a “political media strategist”:

But the way we find our leaders is an unpredictable thing, says political media strategist Mark [...]

Americans Elect Orlando and Occupy Orlando: an Updated Comparison between “Grassroots” and Grassroots

Two and a half weeks ago, I contrasted a nationally-promoted Americans Elect Meetup in Orlando Florida to the formation of a group called Occupy Orlando. As of October 6, the Americans Elect Orlando Meetup had 18 members, 4 of whom were Americans Elect executives or employees. The day before, Occupy Orlando had held a 400-person [...]

Grassroots vs. “Grassroots”: Americans Elect Orlando and Occupy Orlando

Item, September 27 2011: Americans Elect Chief Executive Officer Kahlil Byrd and Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman travel to Orlando, Florida to personally recruit citizens to start a local branch movement. Three people sign up that day. None sign up since. The Americans Elect meetup for Orlando advertises 18 members for its chapter. Of those [...]