Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ackerman Wrecks: The Tragi-Comedy of Americans Elect Corporation Continues

With no candidates qualified to advance to its first-of-three primary ballot (originally scheduled for May 8), last week Americans Elect canceled the May 8 ballot, allowing candidates an additional week to gain the needed support clicks to qualify for its second (May 15) ballot.

The deadline for support clicks to qualify candidates for that May 15 ballot expired at 12:00:00 AM this morning (Tuesday, May 8). As expected, the story remains unchanged: no candidate has qualified to advance to the next round.

As of 7:30 AM ET on May 9, Americans Elect has issued no comment, nor has it presented any disaster recovery plan. Our calls to AECorp press secretary Ileana Wachtel have not been returned.

UPDATE (7:40 AM ET, May 9): We have just spoken with AECorp press secretary Ileana Wachtel, who provided surprising news discussed in our latest post.

Personally, we suggest Americans Elect should next try holding a raffle to award its nomination. Proceeds from ticket sales could be used to defray AECorp owner/operator Peter Ackerman's expenses.


  1. AE's choices.
    1. Move the goalposts.
    2. Appoint a winner.
    3. Say, "dammit, we tried." and close shop for 2012.

    What's your guess?

  2. Personally, we believe AECorp owner/operator Peter Ackerman joins ex-governor, current felon Rod Blagojevich in saying "“I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it."

    Twenty-five state ballot access (which may, or may not, grow to fifty state access by November) is some darn attractive real estate, and is certainly worth a pretty penny. We look to see Ackerman liquidate this distressed asset by selling Americans Elect to the highest bidder. There are only two prospects (that we know of) with the kind of assets behind them which would be required in order to bid successfully on this property, and who are known to be in the market: Ron Paul (backed by PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel) and dark horse David Walker (backed by Wall Street billionaire Peter Peterson).


Join the debate. What's your take on this?