Jim Cook at Irregular Times:
Last October, I noted the strong connection between Americans Elect corporate leadership and the 2014 Senate candidacy of private equity candidate Greg Orman through an entity called the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate, founded by Americans Elect CEO and private equity financier Peter Ackerman. Since then, this new politial enterprise of Peter Ackerman’s has filed additional reports that allow us to more fully characterize the connections between it and the old, failed Americans Elect political venture.
Let’s spell the connections out:
|Player||Americans Elect Role||Background||Contribution From||Expenditure to|
|Peter Ackerman||CEO, Chairman||Private Capital||$233,334.00||$33,334.00|
|Michael Bloomberg||Funder||Private Capital Information||$1,000,000.00|
|John J. Burbank III||Funder||Private Capital||$50,000.00|
|Kahlil Byrd||CEO||Political Consultant||$1,500.00|
|Joshua Levine||Vice President||Corporate Executive||$500.00|
|Douglas Schoen||Pollster||Political Consultant||$143,818.00|
Notice how all of them are involved in the corporate world, either as executives or private equity funders or the consultants paid by these two groups. Not one of the contributors to the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate was anything but a political consultant, a corporate executive, or someone sitting on a large load of private equity wealth. This Committee of 2014 completed Americans Elect’s transition from a group that said it only wanted to empower the voice of the citizenry a group that funneled wealth into campaigns without any input from or communication to the little people.
Are they done with their efforts? Not if we take Kahlil Byrd’s latest political project, FFPCO LLC, as an indicator:
“Coming Soon.” Watch for it.