Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Democrats Behind Independent Candidate Push 'Americans Elect'

by Aaron Klein - 4/2/2012

The mysteriously funded, highly organized 'Americans Elect' is now one step closer to its goal of getting on the ballot in all 50 states, purportedly to run an independent candidate for president.  But could the real motive be to steal Republican votes in November's election?  The evidence sure points in that direction.

AE describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded by Americans from across the political spectrum who are worried that our nation’s deep political divisions keep big problems from being solved.”  The organization seeks to hold its own nominating convention on the Internet this June to select an independent presidential and vice-presidential candidate. The group says any registered voter can sign up to participate in the June convention.

Collecting over 2 million signatures, currently AE has been approved for ballot access in 21 states: Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Hawaii and California.

Not surprisingly, the group has ties to President Obama and top Democrats!

In late 2010, AE changed its tax status from a tax-exempt group to what is known as a 501(c)(4), or social-welfare organization, which is not required to show its donor list.

Capital Weekly reported that prior to the change, in the second and third quarters of 2010, AE’s more than $1.5 million in funding came from one person – venture capitalist, activist and Obama donor, Peter Ackerman.

Ackerman reportedly gave AE a total of at least $5 million in seed money.

Besides Ackerman, the advisory board includes Lawrence Lessig, an Obama technology adviser.

Lessig has been mentioned as a future candidate to head the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC. He is an activist for reduced legal restrictions on copyright material and advised Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

AE’s CEO, Kahlil Byrd, formerly served as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s communications director. Patrick’s chief strategist was top Obama strategist David Axelrod.

AE board member W. Bowman Cutter is senior adviser to the Podesta Group lobbying and public relations firm, founded by John Podesta, who directed Obama’s transition into the White House in 2008.

Podesta is director of the Center for American Progress, which is reportedly highly influential in helping to craft White House policy.

AE’s board also includes former John McCain aide Mark McKinnon, Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institute and former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair.

AE also has ties to Hillary Clinton supporters.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton backer, is on the board, as is Douglas Schoen, a former pollster and adviser to Bill Clinton.

Schoen was recently in the news after he teamed up with former Jimmy Carter aide Patrick Caddell to publish an editorial in the Wall Street Journal last month titled “The Hillary Moment,” in which they called for Clinton to throw her hat in the ring for the presidency.

The two wrote another piece at Politico.com calling for Democrat voters nationally – particularly in New Hampshire – to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton.

We have an uphill battle to save this country in November!



Vernon J said...

I was just reading about them. Trying to figure out how an organization can get that kind of money to operate with Boots on the Ground.

Thanks for posting this.

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