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Technical Glitch: Americans Elect Corporation wants to run private presidential nomination without a hitch, needs 2 Extensions to file with the IRS

Americans Elect says it’s got the technical know-how needed to run the nation’s first-ever online presidential election safely, securely and verifiably, pulling it all off in just six months’ time.

Americans Elect filed with the IRS for an extension on filing its Form 990 as a 501c4 corporation earlier this year, explaining that despite its [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

In Positive Step, Americans Elect Keeps Two Out of Four Disclosure Pledges

In August 2011, confronting a large number of people asking it to be more forthcoming about itself, Americans Elect made a pledge through Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine to provide disclosure on four counts by the end of the month on its website, americanselect.org.

It’s September 1 now. Let’s check in and see what Americans [...]

What Americans Elect is Not Telling Us (8/22/11)

Americans Elect aims to accomplish two firsts in 2012:

1. It aims to be the first 501c4 corporation to elect a President of the United States.

2. It aims to be the first-ever presidential nomination process to ditch verification by local elections boards and instead run a private nominating election held entirely online.

Because the [...]

Contrary to Leader’s Maxim, Americans Elect Remains Closed Off from Citizens

“If the cost of a movement based on persuasion rather than coercion is occasional freelance action, by impetuous followers, the larger benefit is a movement that distributes initiative to its farthest outpost. Movements that expect people to take the personal risks inherent in nonviolent action have no alternative; they have to become what they want [...]

Americans Elect Shuts Down as 527, Begins Life as No-Disclosure 501c4

Americans Elect is dead. Long live Americans Elect.

Last month, I noted a oddity: while Americans Elect continued in its activity to organize its very own presidential campaign for the year 2012, it had apparently terminated its own existence. As a corporation organized under Section 527 of IRS code, Americans Elect filed a “final notice” [...]

Americans Elect Expenditures, April – September 2010

For general information, here’s a chart showing the distribution of expenditures made by the presidential political party Americans Elect from April 2010 (when the group formed as a corporation) to September 2010 (the last month for which information exists):

For itemized expenditures, see IRS 2nd and 3rd quarter reports.

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Is the NRA Partisan in its Campaign Finance Activities? Looking for answers in AL, AK, AZ, AR, and CA

Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.

NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:

The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If [...]

Paul LePage Ad Advantage in Maine Comes from Big money

I read with interest today Kevin Miller’s report in the Bangor Daily News on financing in the campaigns for Governor of Maine. Miller noted that Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage has received more campaign money from the Republican Governors Association than Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell has received from the Democratic Governors Association.

Kevin Miller interprets [...]