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What’s the Answer to Obama not Answering Petitions? A Petition!

You may be aware that Barack Obama started an Official White House Petitions Website two years ago and promised to issue an official response to any petition that surpassed 100,000 signatures.

You may also be aware that the Obama administration has let a number of successful petitions on the site languish for hundreds of days [...]

173 Broken Promises: Barack Obama Still Refuses to Respond to Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since.

That hundred-thousand mark is significant. It represents a promise to the American people.

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official [...]

Another Californian Reports Shenanigans in Americans Elect Petition Effort

Americans Elect is a 501(c)4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. But according to on-the-ground reports, signature gatherers acting on behalf of Americans Elect may not be telling the whole truth or even the partial truth about the corporation’s campaign plans.

Political [...]

Americans Elect Faces May 25 Date to Submit Petitions in California

The Office of Legislative and Constituent Affairs under the Secretary of State of California has helpfully passed on a copy of a letter by California Secretary of State legislative counsel Rachelle C. Delucchi to Americans Elect corporate executives Peter Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd. This letter, which regards the Americans Elect’s efforts to qualify for the [...]

With Blank Petition and Blank Petitioners, Americans Elect Raises Concern in Fresno

Americans Elect is a 501(c)4 corporation with aims to get on the 2012 ballot in all 50 states and to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Student journalists at Fresno City College’s RamPage newspaper report that the appearance of Americans Elect petition circulators on campus [...]

Why an Americans Elect Signature Gatherer in California Called it Quits

Levi Denham, a former signature gatherer for Americans Elect in the state of California, wrote to me last week to explain why he’s refused to collect signatures for the 501c4 corporation’s presidential election effort any more:

I wanted to find a way to pitch this to people without feeling deceitful. Signing a petition that could [...]

No Americans Elect Petitions Turned in To Date in the State of Kansas

On January 17, Independent Political Report reported a rumor that petitioning for Americans Elect to qualify as a political party in Kansas had been completed:

The petitioner grapevine has it that Americans Elect petitioning has been completed in Arizona and Kansas, but Nevada is the only state that their signatures have been verified to have [...]

Americans Elect Updates: Arizona, Nevada and Ohio

Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation with plans to nominate its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, has been busy through the Christmas season while the rest of us have been sipping egg nog.

In Arizona, Americans Elect has registered as a political committee with an official status below the [...]

Americans Elect Expands Presidential Petition Push to State of Michigan

A tip of the pen to David Weigel for pointing us to the decision of the Michigan Secretary of State to approve an application by Americans Elect with a plan to collect signatures to place it as a political party on the 2012 ballot in the state. This would allow Americans Elect to proceed with [...]