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 [...]
It’s been more than year since the 501c3 corporation No Labels launched its “ConnectUs” pages for all 50 states on which all the grassroots “centrist” Americans who want to cut taxes for corporations and cut social security for people could engage in grassroots organizing on the grassy grassroots state level.
After receiving a huge [...]
It’s true that No Labels and John Avlon are opposed to the political fringe – but they don’t care to talk explicitly about who is in the political fringe that they detest. What they call the “political fringe” is none other than the 99 percent of Americans who have to work for their money, rather than resting in the comfort of plush inheritances and immense investment portfolios. We’re on the fringe because, unlike the leaders of No Labels, we cannot afford to buy political access for ourselves. [...]
In the summer of 2012, the DC Beltway corporation No Labels tried to create the appearance of a grassroots movement sweeping across the country in support of tax cuts for corporations and social security cuts for people. Its tool: ConnectUs, a social network platform on which people could earn points by talking about the necessity [...]
“Astroturfing” is the use of various means to create the appearance of grassroots support for an organization or idea when no actual grassroots support exists. Astroturfing takes money, typically making it a tool of some elite group. Sometimes the goal is to get conformist everyday citizens to jump on a fake bandwagon for an unpopular [...]
Back in 2011, David Walker was such a darling of the No Labels corporation that No Labels engineered a Draft David Walker for President internet poll campaign. In the spring of 2012, David Walker was such a darling of the Americans Elect corporation that Americans Elect wrote a glowing character recommendation of Walker when he [...]
On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a [...]
The private nominate-a-president corporation called Americans Elect still exists, but its operations have ceased for the time being, sunk by its failure to find enough actual people who agreed with its centrist mission. But the people who funded Americans Elect are still there, they still have an interest in affecting American politics, and they still [...]
No Labels, May 18 2012: “The fight to solve our country’s problems goes on — that’s why you should support #NoLabels”.
No Labels, May 19 2012: “Listen up #Washington: Stop fighting. Start fixing! Plz RT if you agree.”
And yes, in case you were wondering: No Labels’ headquarters is in Washington, DC.