What is the one subject in the world that matters most to you?
What is the one act you most despise?
What have you always promised yourself you’d learn more about when you only had a moment to spare?
If you could live your life over, what would you be that you aren’t?
I’ll answer, [...]
Update, 6:53 pm: At the end of the event, the succinct answer to the title of this post is “unfortunately not.” Stick a fork in Americans Elect: with its failure to change, it seems pretty much done. [...]
Update, 2/12/2012 @9:18PM: The Short Answer is “No.” The long answer is that Americans Elect refused to answer any probing, difficult questions. The affair, unfortunately, was a public relations event, not a democratic one. See details here.
There’s a 501c4 corporation and political party on the national scene that has been mum on many matters. [...]
After almost two years of asking Americans Elect questions and not getting answers from them, I’m grateful to Kris McAlister of the new Americans Elect “Northwest Web Team”, who has written to me and very kindly solicited my questions so that those questions can be posed to the Americans Elect leadership through inside channels.
Name of the process in which Americans Elect rank and file members vote on which questions will be asked of the eventual Americans Elect presidential candidates in the “Platform of Questions”: Shape the Debate
Text of the question about the national debt that got the most member votes: “How do you plan to address our [...]
Americans Elect, simultaneously a no-disclosure corporation and a multi-state political party, is planning to run its own private presidential nomination in the Spring of 2012. This morning, in violation of its own corporate bylaws, it began the promotion of certain people as candidates for President of the United States. [...]
Around about Halloween of this year, the new combination of political party and corporation called Americans Elect rolled out a section it calls “Debates”. There aren’t really any debates in the “Debates” section, just a series of questions that anyone who signs up with Americans Elect can offer. That’s a good thing. The more questions [...]
If the run-a-private-election-for-president effort called Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation, as it claims, then it should have filed a Form 1024 with the Internal Revenue Service. That’s the form by which a group applies for recognition of exemption under Section 501. The IRS declares that “a social welfare organization seeking recognition under section 501(c)(4) [...]
As Policy Director and then as Chief Operating Officer, Americans Elect corporate leader Elliot Ackerman has been saying for many months that the ordinary citizen members of Americans Elect, not Americans Elect corporate leadership, would be identifying the core questions to drive its 2012 presidential nominating process:
Delegates to the Americans Elect convention will help [...]