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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 [...]

You Choose? Americans Elect Changes its Tune, Buying Angus King for Senate Ads without a Vote

When the 501(c)(4) corporation Americans Elect was trying to convince people in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to give it money and participate in its process, it promised that Americans Elect had no hidden agenda, no favored candidates. Americans Elect promised that the people, not its corporate leaders, would choose candidates:

“Your voice matters. You [...]

Too Neutral? Even After Political Death, Americans Elect Can’t Stop Hawking Centrism

The emerging media consensus about why Americans Elect failed is wrong. Media analysts — from Linda Feldman to Will Marshall to Noreen Malone — have declared that the corporate-presidential nominating system’s death came from not having a position or a candidate and instead building a blank platform that anyone could use. The emerging media consensus [...]

National Campus Director Blake Wright the Latest Americans Elect Staffer to Violate Neutrality

Let’s get right to the point: Three weeks ago, circumstantial evidence suggested that Americans Elect had violated its neutrality policy regarding presidential candidates. Today, Americans Elect has inadvertently confirmed it.

Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that wants to run its very own candidate for President of the United States, refuses to identify the people who [...]

Another Americans Elect Campus Leader recruited to join Draft David Walker Campaign

Americans Elect is supposed to be neutral regarding presidential candidates. But two weeks ago, I shared indications that a resource developed by Americans Elect — the Americans Elect Campus Leaders recruited by Americans Elect National Campus Director Nick Troiano — was being used by a campaign for David Walker for President — headed by the [...]

Every Identifiable Student in new Draft David Walker Video is Americans Elect Campus Leader

Americans Elect is supposed to be neutral. But is the infrastructure of Americans Elect being used to promote David Walker for President?

Look for yourself. Watch this new “Draft Walker” video featuring a series of college students:

I can’t positively identify all of these students. But without a doubt in my heart, I see [...]

Committee to Get Walker Running Supporters connected to Americans Elect and Concord Coalition

The Committee to Get Walker Running, a group trying to kick start a Draft David Walker for President campaign, has 10 public supporters on the morning of April 21 2012. This count comes from a causes.com web page prominently linked to on the front page of draftwalker.com. On a subsidiary causes.com web page, visitors are [...]

Unity08 All Over Again: Americans Elect Leader Steps Down to Start Draft David Walker Campaign

When it became clear that despite its money and inside connections Unity08 was not attracting popular support, its two chief leaders abandoned their pretense to not having a preferred presidential candidate and stepped down from Unity08 to start the Draft Bloomberg Committee. It turned out that the connections between Unity08 and the Draft Bloomberg Committee [...]

Americans Elect Leaders Can’t Stop Themselves from Weighing in on the Presidential Race

Americans Elect has a neutrality policy for itself as a collectivity and for its directors, officers and paid staff.

FAQ:

Does Americans Elect support any candidate?

No. Americans Elect, its directors, officers, and paid staff do not and will not support or oppose any particular candidate…

Rules:

Rule 10.0 Free Speech and Neutrality. Until [...]

Neutrality? Americans Elect Leader Tweets His Heart Out for Buddy Roemer

Update, April 3 2012: some time in the last two days, Americans Elect revised its Who We Are web page to remove reference to Lawrence Lessig as part of its “Leadership.” He is now listed there as a member of an official board of Americans Elect, without any reference to him being in “Leadership.”

Does [...]

Mr. Ethics’ Ethics Problem with Americans Elect: Et Tu, Lawrence Lessig?

John Lumea documents that another member of the Americans Elect leadership, ethicist Lawrence Lessig, has been heading onto the airwaves to promote Buddy Roemer’s presidential prospect in the Americans Elect system, undermining Americans Elect’s own neutrality stance. According to Lumea, Lessig hasn’t disclosed his leadership role in Americans Elect while promoting Americans Elect and Roemer [...]