I was at a conference today when Peter Ackerman, the funder of Americans Elect, gave a speech. It was an empty suit recitation of how our politics are broken and we need a third party. They have somehow managed to avoid registering as a political party even though they plan to be on the ballot in 50 states.
By not registering as a political party, Americans Elect avoids having to disclose all its financial backers. The veil of secrecy permits donor protection for those who worry about retribution from the two major parties, the group says.
This is patent nonsense. When I was an investment banker in the 1980’s, Peter Ackerman was famous as Mike Milken’s enforcer at Drexel Burnham. One of his duties was to raise hundreds of millions for Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital. It is so clear to me that Romney knows the only way he will get in the White House is by creating his own version of Ralph Nader, the man that put George Bush in the White House. So he gets Ackerman to fund this totally phony political party to try and drain off just enough moderates from Obama for Romney to sneak in. When I asked Ackerman if he funded Romney he said yes, but claimed it was 20 years ago, and so it was irrelevant.
What a crock.