Kahlil Byrd, the group's CEO, said it is operating "completely within the bounds" of the law. He noted that unlike a traditional political group,"Americans Elect has no candidate and has no issue."Um, yeah, but according to their own website, they're planning a nominating convention for next June to, you know, pick a candidate and a platform:
Americans Elect is creating the first nonpartisan presidential nomination in U.S. history.So why would they want to hide the identity of their donors? Froomkin continues:
- YOU DECIDE THE ISSUES.
- YOU CHOOSE THE CANDIDATES.
- YOU NOMINATE THE PRESIDENT.
As for the donors, [Byrd] said, the reason they want to remain secret is to avoid political payback. "This is a very tough political environment," he said. "Retribution is real."Huh? Personally, I think donating to the organization is a waste of one's money, but I wasn't planning to kneecap anyone for doing it. Just who is planning some sort of "retribution"?
(h/t Kevin Collins)