FL Officials Trying to Keep McMullin Off Presidential Ballot, Reversing Earlier Interpretation of FL Ballot Access Law

…side legal challenge. The letter specifically mentions the same statutes the department cited when blocking the Florida Independent Party’s general election ballot access. “So Florida and other states were very respectful of Americans Elects and went out of their way to ease ballot access … they didn’t want to get sued,” Winger, who edits Ballot Access News, told POLITICO Florida. “Now that the parties are suffering in Florida and are less…

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“Conservative Donor’s Group Presses Ballot Access for a Third-Party Candidate”

…er for America. The idea is “to do a proof of concept for everybody,” Mr. Kingston said. “It exists, there is a pathway, there is a road that you can be going down.” The Massachusetts man was heavily involved in efforts led by the Weekly Standard editor William Kristol to find a challenger to both Hillary Clintonand Donald J. Trump for a third-party line. His approach is similar to one used by a group, Americans Elect, in 1992, when it tried…

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“Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy”

…of Americans to plug into the nation’s civic life through public service. We chose to focus on three broad areas of reform, because the polarization in the United States runs deeply through its institutions, affects the ways Americans elect political leaders and how the institutions of government operate, and even puts in danger Americans’ deep-seated desire to serve their nation. Electoral System Reform View report section l View…

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My Op-Eds and Commentaries, 2010-11

…30, 2011 Will Foreigners Decide the 2012 Election? The Extreme Unintended Consequences of Citizens United, The New Republic (online), Dec. 6, 2011 Disenfranchise No More, New York Times, Nov. 17, 2011 A Democracy Deficit at Americans Elect?, Politico, Nov. 9, 2011 Super-Soft Money: How Justice Kennedy paved the way for ‘SuperPACS’ and the return of soft money, Slate, Oct. 25, 2012 The Arizona Campaign Finance Law: The Surprisingly Good News in…

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Democracy 21 Statement Calls IRS “Dead Wrong” to Target Conservative Groups, But….

…l welfare” organizations within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code and are therefore not eligible for section 501(c)(4) tax status. Similarly, we believe the cases are open and shut that the American Action Network and Americans Elect are not entitled to section 501(c)(4) tax status. For example, as we informed the IRS, an article from the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News (October 31, 2011) reported that American Action Network…

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“IRS Responds to Rulemaking Petition Submitted by Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center, Says Agency Will Consider Changing Rules for 501(c)(4) Eligibility”

…number of groups that they were entitled to tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups and asking the IRS to investigate the groups. The groups included Crossroads GPS, Priorities USA, American Action Network and Americans Elect. The letter sets forth recent published reports that show why the reform groups believe the overriding purpose of Crossroads GPS is to influence elections. The letter stated: Political operatives are using…

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“‘Americans Elect’ Ends Online Primary After No Candidates Qualify To Run”

ABC News reports.  WaPo has the group’s statement, which at least some opponents of AE thinks leaves wiggle room for something.  After all, as Ken Vogel noted on Twitter, the group has a nice package of ballot access in a number of states. Richard Winger too notes the potential for the group’s ballot access use in the future. Meanwhile Lessig responds to Lumea on neutrality and AE, something which seems pretty moot. I expect Buddy…

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Americans Elect Admits Its Selection Process Has Failed; New Procedures Coming

…an secure national online primary at AmericansElect.org; and ·      Fielding a credible, balanced, unaffiliated ticket for the 2012 presidential race. Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal. Despite these efforts, as of today, no candidate has reached the national support threshold required to enter the “Americans Elect Online Convention” this June….

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Lessig Says Roemer Would Pledge Not to Be Spoiler in Presidential Election If He Has No Realistic Chance of Winning

See here. “Though he says he’s in this race to win, if he became the Americans Elect candidate, he has now committed to a crucial promise: if at the end of the race, Roemer writes, ‘I discover I have no realistic chance of winning, I will ask my supporters to vote their conscience or for their second choice so the issue of spoiler can be dropped once and for all.’” I wonder how that will go down with the AE funders who…

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Lessig Goes All in With Americans Elect as the “Last Best Chance” for Campaign Finance Reform

…He makes his case atThe Atlantic Wire. Earlier, Lessig and I had an exchange about the serious problems I have with Americans Elect’s transparency and its democracy deficit. I have also discussed Lessig’s campaign finance reform ideas in detail in a forthcoming Harvard Law Review book review (which also reviews a book by Jack Abramoff).  …

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“Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center Again Call on IRS to Investigate Eligibility of Crossroads GPS for Tax-Exempt Status as ‘Social Welfare’ Organization”

…rainchild of long-time Republican party operative Karl Rove. The letter also again called on the IRS “to similarly investigate and take appropriate enforcement action against Priorities USA, American Action Network and Americans Elect, other organizations which we believe are improperly claiming status under section 501(c)(4).” Priorities USA is a group that backs President Obama’s re-election, American Action Network is a…

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Lessig Americans Elect Press Release

…School, as a member of its Board of Advisors. As a distinguished professor of law, Lessig is currently overseeing a five-year research project addressing institutional corruption in a number of contexts at the EJ Safra Lab. Americans Elect has benefited from his insight and knowledge about corruption in our political institutions, as we challenge the traditional primary system by creating an online nominating process and achieving ballot access…

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What Does Americans Elect Want? A Candidate or Policy Movement by the Two Main Parties?

…overnment. Third, candidates should commit to support a statutory approach or, if required, a constitutional amendment which permits a limit on campaign spending and allows only individual citizens eligible to vote in each election to contribute. The buying and selling of elections and public office must be stopped! John Lumea: “TOM FRIEDMAN might still be dreaming of a centrist “Third Party” — Bat Signal to Americans Elect —…

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The Democracy Deficit Widens at Americans Elect

NOLA: Meanwhile, there are four Feb. 29 postings on the Americans Elect site, under the heading “board decisions,” indicating changes to the bylaws and pre-convention rules that, it says, have been posted for delegates review. But it is not apparent what the changes are or where any more detailed explanation of the changes can be found for purposes of review. Next to each of the four items, it says, “this decision has been…

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Abramoff to Appear with Americans Elect Candidate Buddy Roemer on Campaign Finance Reform

…Part of the tour to restore Abramoff’s credibility (and continue to make money off lobbying, by talking about it, I suppose). It really strikes me a strange bedfellows, the three Musketeers of reform: Abramoff, Lessig, and Roemer.  And the troubling internal democracy problems of Americans Elect….

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Americans Elect Amends Rules to Give Unanimous Committee Power to Block Candidates, Taking Away Delegate Power to Overrule

…may be subject to reversal vote by the Delegates. I call for the specific reversal of the decision to add this clause. I am aggrieved by the clause because it takes away my ability as a delegate to choose who will be on the Americans Elect ballot, and instead places power in the hands of the Candidate Certification Committee, whose members are selected non-democratically by the Americans Elect Board of Directors, whose members in turn appointed…

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“Confessions of an Americans Elect delegate”

…fted, is on pace to actually meet the number of clicked supporters (10,000 for establishment candidates, 50,000 for outsiders) necessary to qualify for the ballot, which will almost certainly necessitate major rules changes. Americans Elect, then, is a high-profile third-party ballot access campaign without a candidate.” It is worth pointing out that if we had more reasonable ballot access rules for presidential candidates, the…

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Responding to Lessig on Transparency and Americans Elect

…upon unsubstantiated claims of potential harassment). Larry’s explanation is here and I appreciate the care he has taken in responding.  Here’s my reply. Larry’s says he would like transparency of donors at Americans Elect, but he is not too troubled by the lack of transparency in this instance because, given AE’s structure, he does not believe that secret money could be used to corrupt a candidate (unlike Super PAC…

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