This Newsweek story on Americans Elect is more informative than many press stories on Americans Elect. The reporter, Andrew Romano, interviewed more people, and got information that has not previously been in print.
Elliot Ackerman, one of the group’s main leaders, seems intrigued by the possibility that even if Americans Elect’s nominee doesn’t win the general election, that the group will active in the 2014 and 2016 elections. For the record, if the Americans Elect presidential nominee in 2012 gets 5% of the vote for President in every state (as the Reform Party did in 1996), it will automatically be a qualified party for all statewide partisan office, in 2014, in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Its 2014 status in a few of these states depends on its having a certain number of registered voters in those particular states, in addition or instead of having polled 5% for President.