In its original fundraising appeals to large and small donors, the use-big-money-to-stop-big-money Mayday Super PAC declared that it would raise $12 million for spending on 2014 races (with $6 million from small-to-medium donors, $6 million from megadonors), then stop fundraising and spend the raised money in campaigns.
Here’s the documentation of that plan from multiple [...]
When it was trying to win the support of the American people, the corporation called Americans Elect made a pledge not to support or oppose any political candidate. It was a neutral player in the political system, Americans Elect told us; it was just trying to strengthen democracy. To that end, Americans Elect pledged that [...]
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 [...]
It’s only 85 days until the first ballot of the Americans Elect presidential nomination, the first ever all-online presidential nomination in which a corporation will decide which candidates can run, the same corporation will run the election, and yes, the very same corporation is in charge of how the votes are counted. What else do [...]
[Editor's note: William Busa has asked Irregular Times to share the following open letter to Americans Elect regarding its new "Candidate" page, on which Americans Elect promotes ranked presidential contenders according to their alleged "National Match" with Americans' values. We're happy to oblige. - Jim Cook]
To: Kahlil Byrd, CEO, Americans Elect From: William Busa [...]
Is Americans Elect really neutral in the presidential race? In order to preserve its appearance of neutrality, Americans Elect corporate bylaws require its Directors to refrain from promoting any candidate for President:
Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President [...]
In August 2011, confronting a large number of people asking it to be more forthcoming about itself, Americans Elect made a pledge through Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine to provide disclosure on four counts by the end of the month on its website, americanselect.org.
It’s September 1 now. Let’s check in and see what Americans [...]
Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own presidential ticket in 2012, has rolled out its publicity campaign today with a piece written by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman wrote his column after being invited by Americans Elect to tour “its swank offices, financed with some serious hedge-fund [...]
“None of our funding comes from special interests or lobbyists.” — Americans Elect, July 2011 Special Interest. Noun. an individual, group, or corporation having a special interest in usually a particular part of the economy and receiving or seeking through political pressure special advantages from the government often to the detriment of the general welfare [...]
That 176 million dollars being spent on abstinence-only education could be spent much better in other places – such as the proposed research into the problem of ocean acidification. [...]
Golly gee whizzikers. Sarah Palin’s kooky responses to the 2006 Eagle Forum Questionnaire were so embarrassing that the conservative web site finally took the page down from its site. I have to admit, if I were a conservative and I read that Sarah Palin thinks the Founding Fathers put “Under God” in the Pledge of [...]