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 the last month, Americans Elect has reorganized itself as a IRS Section 501(c)4 corporation. 501(c)4 corporations do not have to disclose the sources of their money, a tactical advantage but an ethical disadvantage in a democracy. But IRS Section 501(c)4 corporations must have “social welfare” as their primary purpose, and cannot have the pursuit [...]
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 [...]
When Unity08 transformed itself into the Unity12 Task Force this April, it described itself in terms nearly identical to those of Unity08:
The goal of the Unity12 Task Force is to set the stage for an effort to nominate a Unity Ticket for President and Vice-President of the United States in 2012. This ticket will [...]
The John Stewart Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear is featuring corporate spokesman Sam Waterston, who promoted the lobbyist power grab project of Unity08. What kind of “sanity” is he working to “restore”? [...]
In preparation for a launch of its mysterious not-a-party third-party presidential bid in the early months of 2011, Americans Elect has filed a trademark for the phrase “Americans Elect” as well as for a three-stars and two-bars logo design to be distributed on metal key chains.
The graphic trademark is nominally unique, if pretty [...]
As the new 3rd quarter report of Americans Elect reveals, Nick Troiano has been hired as Communications Manager for the political corporation, the goal of which is to elect its own presidential and vice presidential candidates to the White House in 2012. Troiano had a double relationship with Unity08; after being recruited as a high [...]
Americans Elect, the corporation with an aim of nominating its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012, has remained silent for an unexpectedly long time. All of its activity, from declaring its existence as the Unity12 Task Force in April, to paying the legal bills of Unity08 in May, [...]
Americans Elect is a Section 527 political corporation that began life earlier this year as the “Unity 12 task force,” a resurrection of the old Unity08 that declared its intention to:
1. Hold an online nomination to 2. Select a ticket for President and Vice President of the United States, 3. One of whom would [...]
The group formerly known as Unity08 and briefly renamed the Unity12 Task Force has resurfaced as Americans Elect. Until this week, Americans Elect had remained a private Section 527 organization, registered with the IRS and issuing a variety of mission statements. Late this week, however, Americans Elect made its first public declaration of goals: