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FEC Documents Reveal the Functional Center of Americans Elect: Wall Street Money

Meet the voters of Americans Elect. There are only three of them.

Voter #1: Michael Bloomberg. Voter qualification: $500,000 in Wall Street money. Michael Bloomberg made billions of dollars selling high-priced infrastructure to Wall Street traders, allowing those gain unusually quick access to company information so they could make better trades and make more money [...]

Americans Elect Steps Up Attacks on Democracy: Now a Corporate Board Decides Who’s On and Off the Ballot

Disenfranchisement. Oligarchy. Plutocracy. These are now the official principles of Americans Elect. Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation funded by Wall Street hedge fund executives that is trying to run its own online privatized presidential nomination in 2012. Until now the Americans Elect corporate board has paid lip service to the idea of democracy within the Americans Elect process. That changed today. [...]

Mike Bloomberg Handing Over $80 Million to Peter Ackerman of Americans Elect

Peter Ackerman is the Founder, Chairman, apparent primary Funder and President of Americans Elect.

Americans Elect is the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination with heavy control over nominee selection by a Board of Directors.

That Board of Directors was appointed by Peter Ackerman and his surrogates.

Peter Ackerman is a co-founder, Director and the majority [...]

Americans Elect Says Donating $$ “Buys You No Special Influence Whatsoever”. What do the Facts Say?

Americans Elect made a very strong claim today in an official news release:

“Giving to Americans Elect buys you no special influence whatsoever, and all donors acknowledge that fact when they contribute.”

Strong claims require strong evidence. But Americans Elect has provided you NO evidence to back up their claim.

What strong evidence would look [...]

Americans Elect Form 990 Shows Peter Ackerman in Firm Control from the Start

There are many interesting details to note in Americans Elect‘s Form 990 for 2010, a form which after six months of delay has finally been made available. You can read it here.

The detail I’d like to note this morning is the distribution of power among the three Directors of Americans Elect in 2010, the [...]

[Updated with CORRECTION] Kahlil Byrd Announces Mass Wave of Resignations from Americans Elect Leadership

A tip of the pen to Ralph on this.

Kahlil Byrd is the Americans Elect executive who has variously referred to himself the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, Custodian of Records, Party Coordinator, Director and Paid Consultant of the 501c4 corporation that plans to run its own corporate presidential nomination in 2012. [...]

Guest Post: Americans Elect: The ‘Little Big Man’ of Astroturf?

Editor’s note: Dr. Dawg has asked to make the following guest post here at Irregular Times, and we’re glad to oblige. — Jim Cook

Americans Elect: The ‘Little Big Man’ of Astroturf?

by Dr. Dawg

As every online marketer knows, registering lots of web site users is one thing, but getting and keeping them engaged [...]

Asked Point Blank, Americans Elect Refuses to Disclose $$$ from Billionaire Peter Ackerman

CSPAN Washington Journal, September 25 2011, featuring the Chief Operating Officer of Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation attempting to run its own candidate for President in 2012:

Washington Journal Moderator Libby Casey: Who is Peter Ackerman, and how much money is he contributing?

Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman: Um, Peter Ackerman is one [...]

95% of Americans Elect Says Make All Campaign Donations Public. Will AE Comply?

“If you’re rich, serious about changing the world and think our two-party tyranny has become part of the problem, there’s no better time to invest in disruptive political innovation.”

So wrote Matt Miller in the Washington Post this week without irony, promoting the prospects of the Americans Elect corporation as it seeks to run its [...]

Unless Americans Elect has changed its Bylaws, Peter Ackerman is out as Chairman

In a post made without fanfare or a press release on quiet-news Friday, Americans Elect introduced Kahlil Byrd as its new Chief Executive Officer. This is a big deal, considering the status of Americans Elect as the first-ever 501c4 corporation to try and elect its own candidate for President of the United States in a [...]

Americans Elect out of Compliance with its own Bylaws for 39 Days (re: Web notice)

Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation proposing to arrange the nomination and election of the next President of the United States in 2012 by a most audacious means: the first ever national online nominating convention in U.S. history without reliance on state and local boards of election. To succeed without getting hacked, falling prone to [...]