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Mayday PAC Leadership: Not Alone but in Overlap with Other Political Corporations

The Mayday Super PAC, which has asked for big money donations in the name of stopping big money donations (“embrace the irony”), has marketed itself as something new and innovative, right down to the use of hipster indie millenial movement phrases like “kickstart” and “leap” and “change the story.” Given the vocabulary of Mayday PAC’s [...]

Nick Troiano, the Mayday PAC, Americans Elect, No Labels and the Peterson Network: Connections?

2012 saw the rise of Americans Elect, a corporation that planned to manage the election of its own “centrist” presidential candidate, thanks to insider connections and large cash flows from undisclosed sources. 2012 also saw Americans Elect’s demise, when American citizens elected to stay away from Americans Elect and refused to participate after finding out [...]

Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd Leads Two Groups Recruiting Candidates… Conflict?

Fact One: Former Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd is listed as a leader of Run for America:

“Run for America is a post-partisan initiative designed to fix our dysfunctional politics by strategically supporting a new generation of highly talented leaders, innovators, social change agents, entrepreneurs, and outside the box thinkers for public office. These leaders [...]

Americans Elect Trackers, Draw a Critical Eye over the Mayday PAC

In a late 2012 Boston Globe article, Americans Elect leader Dan Winslow revealed the group’s plans for 2014:

The ad campaign in Maine represents a new mission for Americans Elect, which formed initially to advance a third-party candidate in the presidential race. That effort fell apart in May, and the group has reconstituted itself to [...]

Americans Elect Alums Continue to Gather for Eliot Cutler in Maine 2014

After the Wall Street financiers’ political corporation called Americans Elect failed to nominate or elect its own Presidential candidate in 2012, where would its members go next? One former staffer is running for Congress in Pennsylvania with as-yet undisclosed donors. On another front, a number of other Americans Elect alumni appear to be working to [...]

Prophet Brand Consultancy, For All Your Lorem Ipsum Needs

Peter Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd aren’t gone, though. They, or their equivalents, will try to bring back their vision of idea-free politics for the 2016 presidential campaign, Lorem Ipsum rebranded for a fresh go-around. [...]

Reinvention: Americans Elect Leaders Stump for … Campaign Finance Reform?

You may recall that during the 2008 and 2012 campaign season, the political corporation calling itself Unity08 and then Americans Elect hired high-price lawyers to overturn campaign finance laws so that it could take campaign donations of unlimited size and then keep the names of those donors a secret from the public. Unity08/Americans Elect won [...]

Americans Elect Leader Starts Whispering about 2016 with Reference to Roosevelt

In the leadup to 2008 and 2012, the effort to elect a corporate presidential candidate through a privatized, corporate-controlled election began with a series of planted letters to the editor or op-ed pieces or TV interviews in which “opinion leaders” spoke of supposed “centrist” yearnings in the heartland and their discovery of the exciting new [...]

Americans Elect Staffers Regroup to Meddle in Maine Politics Again

As Richard Winger points out in his latest Ballot Access News, Americans Elect lost ballot status in California on December 31 2013, capping a year of drawn-out erosion in the official position of the corporate political party that tried to elect a “centrist” president but failed to find enough actual “centrist” people.

Can we finally [...]

April 2013 Filing Reveals Americans Elect is Withdrawing but Persistent

From 2006 to 2010 as Unity08, and again from 2010 to 2012 in renamed form, the Americans Elect corporation operated an effort to try and elect its own candidate for President of the United States via a privatized selection run by a corporate board. The privatized election efforts failed for two cycles in a row [...]

Americans Elect's Peter Ackerman, Kahlil Byrd and Dan Winslow: Where Are They Now?

As you may recall, from 2010 to 2012 the Americans Elect corporation operated an effort to try and elect its own candidate for President of the United States via a privatized selection run by a corporate board. That effort failed dismally despite repeated national promotion due to the lack of interest and support of the [...]