A third party presidential candidate may be on the ballot in more than 28 states

You don’t have to take my word for it – Khalil Byrd is the CEO:

Link to story

http://bostonglobe.com/news/na…

“Kahlil Byrd, chief executive of Washington-based Americans Elect, told the Harvard audience that the organization has raised $21 million of the $30 million it estimates it would need to nominate a ticket and qualify it for the November 2012 ballot in every state.

The group has secured ballot status in eight states, including Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, and Arizona, and expects to be qualified in 28 by the end of the year, he said. The 22 remaining states, including Massachusetts, do not allow the process to begin until the year of the general election.

Byrd, a Republican who has worked for Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts and a Democrat, described the effort as “reimagining a new way to run elections.”

The organization, he said, is “a very different and expansive undertaking” that has gathered more than 1.9 million signatures for its petitions. One million individuals have visited the organization’s website, americanselect.org.

He is not the only Americans Elect official with a Bay State connection. State Representative Daniel B. Winslow, Republican of Norfolk, is the group’s chief legal counsel. Winslow, who served about two years as counsel to Governor Mitt Romney, supports Romney in the Republican presidential nominating process.

Because he is an outside contractor, Winslow said, he is exempt from corporate bylaws requiring neutrality by officers and directors.

“I want to live in an America where I agonize over great choices on the ballot, not the lesser of two evils,” he said of his reason for working for the reform group.

Kahlil Byrd, chief executive of Washington-based Americans Elect, told the Harvard audience that the organization has raised $21 million of the $30 million it estimates it would need to nominate a ticket and qualify it for the November 2012 ballot in every state.

The group has secured ballot status in eight states, including Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, and Arizona, and expects to be qualified in 28 by the end of the year, he said. The 22 remaining states, including Massachusetts, do not allow the process to begin until the year of the general election.

Byrd, a Republican who has worked for Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts and a Democrat, described the effort as “reimagining a new way to run elections.”

The organization, he said, is “a very different and expansive undertaking” that has gathered more than 1.9 million signatures for its petitions. One million individuals have visited the organization’s website, americanselect.org.

He is not the only Americans Elect official with a Bay State connection. State Representative Daniel B. Winslow, Republican of Norfolk, is the group’s chief legal counsel. Winslow, who served about two years as counsel to Governor Mitt Romney, supports Romney in the Republican presidential nominating process.

Because he is an outside contractor, Winslow said, he is exempt from corporate bylaws requiring neutrality by officers and directors.

“I want to live in an America where I agonize over great choices on the ballot, not the lesser of two evils,” (he said of his reason for working for the reform group.”

American Elect’s website:

http://www.americanselect.org/…

PS:  This could be a game changer.  Imagine $20,000,000.00 behind a Jesse Ventura candidacy – or??  Who???

The group bills itself as the “first direct primary for a presidential nomination” and as not being affiliated with any party.  Publicly, it claims to have $20,000,000.00 in the bank.  Definitely, “thinking outside the box” and outside the corridors of established power-brokers.

Cross Posted at BMG, also, emphasis added where bold is seen.

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