New party on Calif. 2012 presidential ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

The Americans Elect party has turned in more than a million signatures to secure a place on the June primary ballot.

That makes California the 12th state in which the Americans Elect hopes to nominate candidates.

The Washington, D.C.-based group wants to offer a nonpartisan candidate who doesn't answer to any political affiliation.

Critics have noted that the group's status as a nonprofit group allows it to shield information about its donors, who include some wealthy benefactors.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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