Americans Elect has been promoting itself as a vigorous exercise of democracy by talking up its Platform of Questions, which Americans will draft, sort of:
PLATFORM OF QUESTIONS
Americans Elect delegates will collectively decide on a “platform of questions” that all candidates will be required to answer in order to seek the nomination. These questions [...]
While Americans Elect keeps telling people that it doesn’t favor any presidential candidates in its nominating process, it has:
1. Rated Buddy Roemer as its top “national match” based on a curiously error-prone profile that appeared shortly after a Roemer-Americans Elect joint appearance and shortly before Roemer became the first candidate to announce he would [...]
News Item: Christine Todd Whitman Joins the Board of Directors of Americans Elect — November 2011.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.
“I would hope he would do [...]
Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman and Americans Elect Board of Advisors member and Michael Bloomberg pollster Douglas Schoen appeared on the PBS NewsHour last night to insist that Americans Elect is not a political party:
JUDY WOODRUFF: Elliot Ackerman, to you first. Our political parties have been around since the birth of the [...]
Does the Americans Elect corporation have plans beyond electing its own candidate for President? It appears the answer is “yes.” On July 25 2011, Americans Elect directly responded to an individual who commented, “I would actually prefer to see some viable legislative candidates put forward. There’s only so much a President can do.” Americans Elect’s [...]
Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation that has refused to share the sources of its funding, is working to arrange the election of its very own presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2012. Americans Elect President and Chairman Peter Ackerman walked away from his 1980s role as assistant to junk bond king Michael Milken with half [...]
In a little-noticed Washington Post end-of-year piece, Douglas Schoen answered the question, “What Will Be 2011’s Biggest Political Surprise?,” with the following prediction:
The biggest political surprise of 2011 will be the emergence of a potentially serious third-party candidate for president in 2012. There is simply too much dissatisfaction with Washington and with our political [...]
In his time with the combined corporation and political party called Americans Elect, Kahlil Byrd has held a number of titles: Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Custodian of Records, and Consultant.
According to documents produced by the Michigan Secretary of State, Byrd has added a new title to his resume: “Party Coordinator”:
The 29 articles written to date at Irregular Times on the resurrection of Unity08 as Americans Elect are not intended as criticism. Rather, the information provided and questions raised within them are intended to raise the profile of this private corporation cum political party as it quietly works behind the scenes to nominate and elect [...]
New York Magazine’s John Heilemann spoke to Michael Bloomberg aide Kevin Sheekey in October and reports that the New York City mayor’s office has strong interest in using an Americans Elect presidential ballot line to run for President in 2012.
One key factor, now as three years ago, is Bloomberg’s ability to get onto the [...]