Once heralding democracy for everyone, Americans Elect has restricted its voting membership down from tens of thousands of people to just three individuals: the individual Wall Street tycoon Peter Ackerman, the individual Wall Street tycoon Michael Bloomberg, and the individual Wall Street hedge fund Passport Capital (yes, corporations are people). Democracy works best when the [...]
According to the IRS, members of the American public have the right to ask for the Form 990 annual financial disclosure from any Section 501(c) corporation. Those disclosures matter because they provide information the activities of corporations that most don’t disclose voluntarily. By looking at a Form 990, it’s possible to find out to some [...]
As Americans, we have the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of the a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail or by [...]
Like Americans Elect, The Common Sense Coalition is a 501(c)(4) corporation. The Common Sense Coalition holds leadership in common with Americans Elect and explicitly identifies itself as continuing the mission of Americans Elect, but in its disclosure behavior it promises to be rather different from Americans Elect.
On June 20 of this year, I [...]
Finally, after two years of initiating contact with Americans Elect and asking for a response, the 501c4 corporation that wanted to elect its own President of the United States has written me a letter in response.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that Americans Elect’s letter — even after its failure to [...]
Americans Elect, which until this week told America it would run the country’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination, is a corporation organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code. The federal government requires corporations organized under Section 501(c) to make the following forms available the same day upon an in-person request, or within 30 days [...]
Let’s get right to the point: Three weeks ago, circumstantial evidence suggested that Americans Elect had violated its neutrality policy regarding presidential candidates. Today, Americans Elect has inadvertently confirmed it.
Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that wants to run its very own candidate for President of the United States, refuses to identify the people who [...]
Yesterday, Facebook User AE Transparency got into an exchange with Buddy Roemer, a politician who first left the Democratic party and then left the Republican presidential race and now is running as an Americans Elect candidate. AE Transparency asked:
AE Transparency: Mr. Roemer, concerns that Americans Elect Corporation is a hedge fund and junk bond-funded [...]
Remember George W. Bush? Remember thinking that a vote for Barack Obama would be a vote to bring the Homeland Security state of George W. Bush under control?
Well, think again.
According to federal law, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) is supposed to report on the uses of the Patriot Act [...]
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.
Personal Information the Americans Elect Corporation Requires from all Applicants interested in becoming State Committee Members or Electors
Full Legal Name
Social Security Number
Duration of Current Residency
Voter Registration Status
Name of Congressional Representative
Plans to Move, if Any
Reasons for Supporting Americans Elect
Justification of [...]