A brief note: according to correspondence from the California Secretary of State, Americans Elect is still qualified as a political party in the state of California.
Considering that Americans Elect’s DC corporate status remains “dissolved,” it’s not clear that Americans Elect’s lingering status is anything more than a remainder.
Who’s riding a grassroots wave of support?
On the one hand, we have Americans Elect’s claim to grassroots support as shown in this February 28 photo of former Oklahoma Senator Dan Boren with boxes and boxes and boxes of signatures of people who established Americans Elect as a political party in the state of Oklahoma:
January 31, 2012: Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow is the latest in a long parade of Americans Elect corporate leaders to declare that Americans Elect is not a political party:
February 2, 2012: California publicly releases its statistics regarding political party registrations as of January 3 2012. The “not a political party” Americans [...]
Is Americans Elect a political party? Despite its protests to the contrary, the answer is a hearty Yes Indeed. The latest proof of Americans Elect’s status as a political party comes from the state of Arizona, where the Secretary of State has released counts of registered Americans Elect political party members in Arizona counties, U.S. [...]
Is Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination, a political party?
Gosh, no, said Americans Elect in the Spring of 2011:
“Here is what Americans Elect is not. We are not a third party. We are not a political party of any sort.”
Golly, no, said Americans Elect in the Summer of 2011:
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 [...]
Richard Winger of Ballot Access News shares a quiet admission by Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliott Ackerman: Americans Elect plans to run candidates under its banner for a variety of offices, not just President of the United States, in 2014.
Why does this matter? It matters from a standard of consistency: Americans Elect has [...]
Advertisements appearing at the New York Times website last week, explaining that Americans Elect is “Not a Party”:
On NPR yesterday:
“We’re not a political party and don’t have an aspiration to be,” said Kahlil Byrd, a political consultant and president of Americans Elect.
The Secretary of State of Ohio the day before yesterday:
Why has the presidential-nominating corporation called Americans Elect been insisting again and again in public that it is not a political party, while in private it has quietly acknowledged that it is indeed a political party, and not just a state political party but a “national party”?
Today we finally got an answer from documents [...]
We’ve seen it before from the 501c4 corporation seeking to run its own candidates for President. We’re seeing it again.
Kellen Arno being interviewed on WILS radio in Lansing, Michigan on September 16 2011:
Interviewer Michael Cohen: Now, I was told that you’re not really a party but a third ticket. Uh, is there no [...]