1. "Group with ties to president engaged in massive 3rd party drive. 2. A mysteriously funded, highly organized effort to secure the ballot for a third party candidate in this years election has ties to President Obama and top Democrats, ... 3. The group, calling itself Americans Elect, or AE, seems designed to appear like a massive, grassroots effort involving millions of citizens acting to draft a third party candidate. ...AE describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded by Americans from across the political spectrum who are worried that our nations deep political divisions keep big problems from being solved. 4. AE has reportedly raised more than $22 million so far and has already been certified to be placed on the ballot in 12 states now, including California. To getting on state ballots, AE evidenced mass organizing skills. The group says it collected over 2 million signatures nationwide in its effort to get on state ballots. 5. Arnos firm, APC, has previously reportedly been accused of forging signatures and collecting signatures using fraud.... APC was accused of forging signatures ...Bostons Fox 25 News ran a feature interviewing paid signature collectors hired by APC through subcontractors.... they were trained on how to trick people into signing a petition using fraud, including by switching the actual petition text after each signature was collected. 6. Capital Weekly reported ... AEs more than $1.5 million in funding came from one person venture capitalist, Unity08 activist and Obama donor, Peter Ackerman. Ackerman reportedly gave AE a total of at least $5 million in seed money....Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, two campaign finance watchdogs, requested in September the IRS investigate Americans Elects charging they may be violating nonprofit status by function like a political party. 7. Pamela Smith, president of VerifiedVoting.org, a voters advocacy group, argued AEs reliance on Internet voting is insecure and difficult to audit. If you allow it to be used in public elections without assurance that the results are verifiably accurate, that is an extraordinary and unnecessary risk to democracy, she says. 8. Besides Ackerman, an Obama donor who gave money to help start AE, the advisory board includes Lawrence Lessig, an Obama technology adviser....AEs CEO, Kahlil Byrd, has drawn scrutiny from conservatives because he formerly served as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patricks Communications Director. Patricks chief strategist was top Obama strategist David Axelrod...AE board member W. Bowman Cutter is senior adviser to the Podesta Group lobbying and public relations firm, which was founded by John Podesta, who directed Obamas transition into the White House in 2008. 9. A Time magazine article profiled the influence of Podestas Center for American Progress in the formation of the Obama administration, stating that not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagans transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway. Is this how Obama win will be guaranteed? Group with ties to president engaged in massive 3rd party drive. « Klein Online 10. "Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group seeking to place a third-party candidate on the presidential ballot this year, has been working to obtain ballot access by gathering signatures across the country, including Tennessee. The group bills itself as "not a third party, but a second process" and is reported to have $30 million in cash to bolster its efforts." Americans Elect never asked Alexander to consider presidential bid | Nooga.com Really? An 'independent' group with ties to Obama, garnering votes for a candidate of their choice, pretending that the process is free of manipulation? Is this a 'dirty trick' as in running a third party candidate to clinch the election for Obama? Does the name 'Ross Perot' ring a bell?