After its board met Wednesday to discuss its options, [Americans Elect] released a statement Thursday indicating that it would not change its rules, effectively disqualifying all the candidates from participating in an online nominating convention that was scheduled next month.
The future of the organization, which raised $35 million and spent two years trying to create a new method for nominating a presidential ticket, remains unclear.
“As always, we thank everyone who has helped build this organization and are grateful for the work, efforts, and trust so many people have placed in Americans Elect,” the group said. “We are continuing the Americans Elect mission of creating more choice in our political system, giving candidates unaffiliated with the nominating process of either major party an authentic way to run for office and giving the American people a greater voice in our political process.”
Even as it poured $15 million into the laborious process of getting recognized as a party in each state, Americans Elect did not ignite grass-roots enthusiasm or attract prominent candidates, despite its backing by an array of top political and business leaders.
Maybe the reason for that is that actual grassroots enthusiasm generally starts with actual grassroots activists rallying behind a person or cause they believe in, and not some anonymous millionaires trying to buy it. I’m just saying.