Jill Stein Gaining Disenchanted Rocky Anderson Supporters

Posted in Political Buttons on Mar 17, 2012

A few months ago, it seemed that Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein might divide between them the 2012 votes of liberal Americans who are angry at Barack Obama’s slide into right wing political ideology. Now, it looks like most of those votes will go to Jill Stein.

green party presidential candidate 2012Rocky Anderson’s presidential campaign promised to campaign against corporate-controlled political parties. Now, that promise is broken, as Rocky Anderson has joined Americans Elect, a political party that was set up using cash from Wall Street hedge fund managers, has taken huge contributions without disclosing the sources, and is controlled by a tiny group of wealthy, corporate-aligned political insiders.

Everything that Rocky Anderson has said about confronting the corporate elites is contradicted by this move. Americans Elect represents the 1 Percent, and is designed to shut the 99 Percent out of the political process. Rocky Anderson is now standing with the 1 Percent, allowing himself to be used by their ethically corrupt system, leaving the fledgling Justice Party to starve to death.

The Facebook page entitled Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein Campaign Together, which had been advocating for the Stein and Anderson campaigns to merge in a unity progressive ticket, is now encouraging disgruntled Rocky Anderson supporters to move to the Jill Stein for President campaign. The new title of that Facebook page is Former Rocky Anderson Fans Join Jill Stein For President.

Once trust is lost in a political candidate, it’s almost impossible for it to be re-established. Rocky Anderson has lost the trust of politically active progressives. That’s why it’s time to move to Jill Stein – a real liberal who doesn’t need to take corporate support to get on the ballot.

Wear one of these Jill Stein for President campaign buttons to show your new allegiance.

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  1. Calvin Leman says:

    How does being a candidate on Americans Elect connect with big money? I read how big money people set up AE. What does that have to do with the candidates on AE?

    • Hooker says:

      Good question. Here’s why it matters:

      Rocky Anderson, and the other political candidates who have glommed onto the Americans Elect Party, are doing so because Americans Elect is promising them a chance at ballot access.

      Ballot access was BOUGHT by Americans Elect. They paid professional petitioners to go around the 50 states, gaining ballot access for the Americans Elect political party. The money to pay for this came from corporate executives and Wall Street hedge fund managers.

      So, by joining with Americans Elect and seeking the help of their ballot access status, Rocky Anderson is taking a de facto campaign contribution from them. He’s showing that he thinks it’s great when corporate insiders control an entire political party, and that he’s willing to work with them.

      See the problem? Rocky Anderson promised that he would fight against corporate influence over politics, but now he’s actually helping to make it become even worse than it already is.

      • Devan Bailey says:

        Yeah, you’re exactly wrong. That it costs 15 million dollars (what AE paid) just proves how broken our democracy is. There is not a grassroots movement viable in the history of our nation that would have been able to come up with 15 million in a few months without big money interests stepping in. Rocky is using Americans Elect as a vehicle, through which he has a substantially greater opportunity now to change the national dialogue towards REAL issues like our ecological crisis, continued war crimes, campaign corruption, et al. — all of which he has fought for his entire career. So keep your mud slinging, but the progressives who can see the whole picture understand what an imperative ballot access is, and Rocky gains nothing from AE except ballot access. They have no ties with the campaign in any way, and they can’t. Read the bylaws. No connection. And if you think Rocky would cave even if they wanted to influence him, then you have no idea what you’re talking about. Rocky has been beaten up by the media for years for his principles — pretty sad to see it from those who he’s fighting for. I urge all those to really look into the issues. Don’t trust me, don’t trust this article — really look into Rocky’s campaign, look into his record, and read everything you can about Americans Elect and their bylaws with respect to campaigns. The truth will set you free.

  2. Joshua Budden says:

    AE would be pissed if Rocky won their nomination. He still has a progressive platform, and a history of effectively pushing a progressive agenda in a conservative environment.

  3. Joshua Budden says:

    When Occupy gets covered on CNN and in the New York Times has it “embraced” the 1%?

    Rocky Anderson has actually worked on issues the 99% cares about his entire life. He is the candidate of the 99% and he always has been. Rocky is the progressive with a record.

  4. Daniel H says:

    That’s funny because I will be voting for Rocky and wouldn’t even consider Jill Stein, she has come off as petty and not capable of leadership any more than the rest of these DC clowns. ROCKY ANDERSON is the only man for President.

  5. Ella says:

    Wow, what a cheap shot! Americans Elect was a way to get Rocky’s name out to the public, but in no way was an endorsement of Americans Elect or the people who founded it. Rocky’s campaign has been running on a shoestring because Rocky accepts no corporate money. It in no way means that he joined or endorsed anything. Rocky’s record as mayor of SLC shows that he reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 31% in 3 years, successfully developed rapid transit, and signed an executive order to prohibit discriminatory hiring practices based on race or sexuality.
    Rocky Anderson and the Justice Party supports campaign finance reform, transparent elections and proportional representation. Check the record, don’t count on innuendo:http://www.justicepartyusa.org/

  6. Dave Jette says:

    Pretty pathetic mudslinging by some of Jill Stein’s supporters! Rocky went for the Americans Elect ballot by encouraging people to vote for him in their nomination process (which actually fell apart). So what? It involved no modification of his politics, just votes from his supporters. We must take advantage of any cracks in the political hegemony of the 1%.

    To say that Jill Stein is gaining former Rocky Anderson supporters in any quantity is pure fantasy. The new Facebook page “Former Rocky Anderson Fans Join Jill Stein for President” is nothing but wishful thinking.

    And to say that Rocky has left “the fledgling Justice Party to starve to death” is an outright lie. Rocky is completely supportive of efforts to build the Justice Party through his campaigning, traveling around the country on little funding. This I know very well, as the Justice Party Treasurer and a member of its National Steering Committee.

    Let’s hope that Jill Stein publicly disavows such vile attacks on Rocky!

  7. Lenny Brody says:

    This is such old news. Why rehash it? Looks like the writer is more interested in pitting progessives against each other than fighting the corporate parties.

  8. Laura Bonham says:

    At the time of this writing, Americans Elect is defunct, but let’s go with it for a brief moment.

    WAKE UP! Neither Stein nor Anderson is going to win this election. the corporations are going to win and 99% of us are going to lose.

    The question is what are we going to do about it? Are we going to work together and build bridges to elect populist candidates who will represent their districts or are we going to to form yet another circular firing squad and try to take each other out?

    The enemy is the corporate-controlled two-party system.

    It is quite a jump to call this a campaign contribution, but so what if it is. All it means is that voters would have had the chance to vote for Rocky, and more choices are a good thing. If anyone thinks that Rocky Anderson would kiss AE butts in exchange for ballot access, they have no understanding of the depth of Rocky’s integrity.

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