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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 09:26 AM
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New Threat? For DU Investigation: "Americans Elect"
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Edited on Mon Jul-25-11 09:33 AM by snot
While looking into the #f@ckyouwashington phenomenon, I came across a tweet touting a new organization called "Americans Elect" (http://www.americanselect.org / ). The org's website offers,

Americans Elect is harnessing the power of the Internet to ask every single voter one simple question: who would you nominate in 2012?

You choose the issues.
You choose the candidates.
You nominate the ticket.
And the winner will be on the 2012 ballot in every state.

(More at the link above.) Today I came across this:

The money behind Americans Elect understands disruptive business models. The groups founder, entrepreneur Peter Ackerman (father of Elliot), started FreshDirect.com, which has upended the New York grocery business by letting customers order food and basics online, delivered straight from a warehouse. He and some 50 other initial donors have loaned the organization $20 million, out of an eventual $30 million budgeted, to be repaid if small donors join on. (Their eventual goal: No single individual will give more than $10,000. The group does not accept donations from PACs, political parties, or industry associations.)
third party election

A bunch of political prospolitically homeless, in the words of Michael Arno, the California-based political consultant overseeing Americans Elects national ballot accesshave signed on. CEO Kalil Byrd is a Republican who served as communications director for Democrat Deval Patricks victorious gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts. Senior political adviser and pollster Doug Schoen worked for President Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg (and often polls for Newsweek/The Daily Beast). An impressive board of tri-partisan advisers ranges from former FBI Director William H. Webster to former CEO of Hallmark Irvine Hockaday to the dean of Tufts' Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Stephen W. Bosworth.

* * * * *

Skeptics, of course, can have a field day with this techno-utopian political fantasy. Casting aside technical hurdles regarding the systems security and integrity (We've taken measures stronger than banks and brokerage firms in the financial industry, says designer Joshua S. Levine, who cut his professional teeth as chief technical officer and chief operating officer of E*Trade), theres the even more daunting prospect of getting on the ballots, when neither Democrats nor Republicans want them to succeed. In Kansas, after submitting twice the necessary number of signatures, Americans Elect was initially denied a ballot line because 60 of the 30,000 signatures came from outside the specified six-month timeframea decision that was later overruled.

And thats all before the candidate-selection process, and the chance that an organized faction could hijack the process, delivering the nomination to a charismatic joke candidate (think Donald Trump).

(More at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/22/americ... ; emphasis supplied.)

I'm not familiar with the named individuals involved, but I think we should find out more about this organization, fast.

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