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Americans Elect returns as the Level the Playing Field Foundation (and Mystery Follows)

A tip of the pen to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, who broke the leading edge of this story:

Americans Elect is back.

The Wall Street-funded corporation that sought to run its own privatized candidate in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections has changed its name to the “Level the Playing Field Foundation” […]

Americans Elect’s Ghost Haunts, In A Dithering Sort Of Way

Americans Elect was a venture funded by wealthy political insiders to try to siphon earnest political activists away from other causes in order to support the politicians who favor the destruction of Social Security. The group, led by a Board of Directors consisting of Peter Ackerman, Dennis Blair, Stephen W. Bosworth, Kahlil Byrd, Eliot R. […]

Americans Elect Corporate Leaders Ditched Populism Entirely to Support 2014 Private Equity Senate Candidate

Last October, I noted the strong connection between Americans Elect corporate leadership and the 2014 Senate candidacy of private equity candidate Greg Orman through an entity called the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate, founded by Americans Elect CEO and private equity financier Peter Ackerman. Since then, this new politial enterprise of Peter Ackerman’s has […]

Americans Elect Veterans Form Two Groups to Interfere in Kansas Senate Race

Kenneth Vogel and Tarini Parti of Politico have come out with a scoop: the people behind the 2012 privatize corporate presidential election effort called Americans Elect are regathering their forces to sway a U.S. Senate race in Kansas. Private equity tycoons Peter Ackerman and Thomas Burbank, who used the Americans Elect brand to massively fund […]

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 […]