The Village Times





Douglas Schoen




Flush with hedge fund money from secretive donors, Americans Elect briefly reinvigorated the 2012 election process. The group encouraged participation from the teeming masses through an online nominating convention, but employed a Candidate Certification Committee to steer the selection toward a staunch pro-business candidate without the more unseemly aspects of the right–someone in the vein of an Evan Bayh or a Mike Bloomberg. Though they spent $9 million on their web site and failed to nominate a candidate, Americans Elect remains an inspiring model of how to put a populist veneer on a Village institution.


Founded: 2010

Key Members: Investment banker Peter Ackerman; Fox News political analyst and Occupy Wall Street basher Doug Schoen (left); former New Jersey governor and Bush administration EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman; former John McCain aide Mark McKinnon.

Achievements: Inspired Tom Friedman to write: “What did to books...Americans Elect plans to do to the two-party duopoly that has dominated American political life—remove the barriers to real competition, flatten the incumbents and let the people in. Watch out.”