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No Special Interest Funding for Americans Elect? New York Times reports “Serious Hedge-Fund Money”

Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own presidential ticket in 2012, has rolled out its publicity campaign today with a piece written by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman wrote his column after being invited by Americans Elect to tour “its swank offices, financed with some serious hedge-fund [...]

Americans Elect Provides Second Revision of Goals, Dumping Poll-Based Decisionmaking

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 [...]

Who is Paying Unity12’s Rent for its Top-Floor DC Beltway Suite?

The IRS requires Section 527 political organizations to report in itemized form any contributions they receive when such contributions surpass $200 for a calendar year. A Section 527 organization’s expenditures must be reported in itemized form if more than $500 in a calendar year is spent on a particular expense. If some person or group [...]

Where Does the Unity12 Task Force Dwell? Receipts Say the DC Beltway

The Unity12 Task Force, also simply known as Unity12, has nominal homes distributed across the country: Jim Jonas, administrator for a variety of Unity12-related websites, registers those websites in Denver, Colorado. Unity12’s ballot access efforts are being run by an agency out of California. Kahlil Byrd, the Chief Operating Officer of Unity12, runs Sung Media [...]

Before Going Public, Unity12 Task Force Starts Ballot Efforts in California

Editor’s note: the “Unity12 Task Force” has renamed itself Americans Elect for the 2012 election season, but the remainder of this article remains factual and relevant.

The four websites associated with the Unity12 Task Force — unity12.com, unity12taskforce.com, americanselect.org and unityforamerica.com — are currently placed in standby mode with no content on them. Neither the [...]

Maze of Websites Brings Unity12 Operation Back to GOP Consultant Jim Jonas

Back in 2006, the Unity08 corporation formed to select its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Unity08’s pitch: why not have a bipartisan team of one Republican and one Democrat working together in the White House? Given that the office of the President is imbued with power while the office [...]

Unity12 Task Force Wholly Funded by 1 Man: Investment Executive and Takeover Artist Peter Ackerman

The Unity12 Task Force is a Section 527 IRS-registered corporation, formed shortly after lawyers for the old Unity08 won a lawsuit against the FEC. That victory in court granted this new Unity12 corporation the power to take loans and donations of an unlimited size.

Unity12?s self-declared goal is the same as Unity08’s, to shepherd [...]

Unity12 Task Force Begins Registrations; Unity08 Was a Corporate Zombie

Unity08, the organization that sought to have its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States placed on the November 2008 ballot, filed organization papers as a corporation in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Records show that the corporate registration in each of these jurisdictions was revoked: Washington, DC does not display [...]

Meet the New Leaders of the Unity12 Task Force

As I noted yesterday, the political group Unity08 has reformed for the 2012 presidential election season as a Section 527 corporation named the Unity12 Task Force. The stated goal of this new corporation is to arrange for the nomination of its own presidential ticket. This ticket is to consist either of members of two parties [...]