Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said this, in part, about his wish for Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) to run for president in 2012: “I believe there is a major chance of a third party winning…”
Now with that in mind, remember my previous posts about a group called Americans Elect? They are an organization that can accept secret donations and pull votes from other candidates.
Via the L.A. Times back in July:
… nearly 1.6 million signatures collected by Americans Elect, a group attempting to ride exasperation with the nation’s political leaders into a place on the ballot in all 50 states by 2012.
[...]. Although it is attempting to qualify as a new party in California and other states, the group’s legal designation is that of a nonpolitical, tax-exempt social welfare organization.
Under that designation, Americans Elect has been able to keep private its financiers, raising questions about what forces are driving the massive undertaking.
I went on to say that they’re going to have an online convention open to any registered voters who sign up, and their presidential candidates are required to pick a running mate from a different political party. And check out who’s on their board.
They have now raised $22 million and will likely get their own wish of “placing a third presidential candidate on the ballot in every state next year,” per the Washington Post.
I’m guessing former Mayor Koch had that in mind.
See what money can buy? Thank you, Citizens United!