Americans Elect Calls Off Internet Presidential Campaign

It's official. The campaign organized by high-tech entrepreneurs to use the Internet to nominate a centrist presidential candidate has collapsed after the organizers could not find a candidate who played by their rules and garnered enough grassroots support in their online primary process. 

Whether or not this helps or hurts Barrack Obama or Mitt Romney more is an open question. It is hard to say whether the independent voters that Americans Elect sought to attract will gravitate left or right come November. However, the decision, which was not unexpected, does underscore that money alone is not the determining factor in American elections at the presidential level.  

Here is Americans Elect's statement:

Statement from Americans Elect:

"There is a desire among Delegates and millions of Americans who have supported Americans Elect to see a credible candidate emerge from this process.

"However, the rules, as developed in consultation with the Americans Elect Delegates, are clear. As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect Online Convention in June. The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end.

"Americans Elect, from the outset, has been a rules-based process, with the rules publicly available and open to debate by the Delegates. Our key priorities have been to: 1) honor the trust Americans Elect has built with the Delegates and American public; 2) require candidates to earn the nomination by building support among the Americans Elect Delegate community and American voters; and 3) create a basis for a solid future for the Americans Elect movement.

"This decision honors these priorities.” 

AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld

Posted at May 17, 2012, 1:16pm