Skip to comments.Stein to recount donors: Vote on how you want me to waste your money next
Posted on 12/13/2016 3:29:50 PM PST by Kaslin
Well, why not? Donors to Jill Stein’s ludicrous efforts to recount states with too-large-to-change gaps wasted their money while promising the undeliverable. Her fantasies about roving bands of hackers carrying floppy disks visiting every voting machine in only states that Donald Trump won turned out to be paranoid delusions. Wisconsin’s statewide recount, 70% of which was done by hand, produced only a 0.055% change in the outcome … and increased Trump’s lead by 131 votes. Michigan’s results before the recount got shut down at the 40% mark show a similarly small net change (0.078%).
Fresh off of that success, Stein now wants donors to vote on how to use whatever money is left over:
At latest count, Stein had raised $7.33 million for the recount in just 2.5 weeks, and from more than 161,000 donors. The campaigns latest estimate of costs puts the total recount-related expenses at about $7.4 million — meaning as of now, there would not necessarily be money left over. However, the campaign noted that some costs, such as compliance costs and legal fees for ongoing litigation, could be reduced from their estimates today. In addition, Steins campaign expects to receive some of the filing fee back from Michigan, where a recount was started but not completed. …
Steins campaign is planning to reach out to each of its 161,000 donors and ask them to vote on which non-partisan election reform and voting rights organizations will receive the leftover money. The campaign did not immediately release a list of possible organizations, but said it will do so in the coming weeks when it begins surveying donors.
Many suspected that the “organization” that the recount campaign was intended to benefit was Jill Stein. She raised more than twice as much money for the recounts than she did for the entire presidential cycle ($3,509,477), and did it in less than three weeks. That’s pretty curious, actually; how did a fringe candidate raise so much cash so quickly, far more than she had taken in over several months?
How was the money spent? Mostly on lawyers and filing fees, as one would expect:
Included in that $7.4 million estimate is just under $4.5 million for state filing fees, $1.6 million for legal fees, $212,500 for staff salaries, $364,000 for consultants and $353,618 for administrative expenses.
Michigan will refund at least some of the money Stein paid, but her donors shouldn’t expect a windfall:
Under state law, Stein had to pay $125 per precinct or $973,250 to count Michigans 7,786 in-person and absentee voting precincts. That check was delivered to state officials when she requested the recount last week. …
Ingham County is the only one of Michigans 83 counties that was done with its recount of 115 precincts and six that couldnt be counted because ballot containers were improperly sealed. Oakland finished 667 out of 1,025 precincts with 35 precincts unable to be recounted. Macomb finished 171 of 670 precincts with 14 not recountable and Wayne counted 411 of 1,680 precincts, but couldnt recount 128 precincts because of mistakes.
Thats fair, that we pay the fee for the ones that were counted, said Steins attorney, Mark Brewer. The law provides that for the precincts that were unrecountable, that she should get a refund.
Perhaps the issue of fairness should prompt Stein to refund the unused portion of her recount fund back to where she got it — the donors themselves. After all, they coughed up the cash based on Stein’s assertions that fraud would get uncovered in the recounts and that they had standing to demand recounts in all three states. Both were proven laughably false, and in Pennsylvania her lawyers had to admit they had no evidence at all of tampering.
Of course, the donors presumably will have the option of asking for their money back in Stein’s upcoming vote, right? We’ll soon see. Will Stein have observers for this referendum? Can donors call for a recount of the results?
Way to go Jill1
I vote for a beach house#
Not to mention, a few extra wheels of aged Swiss under the Christmas tree in quite a few Wisconsin households!
A chateau in Vail!
“Stein now wants donors to vote on how to use whatever money is left over:”.........
Now that she was proven to be entirely WRONG, if she had a decency or scruples, which is highly unlikely, she would return the money, each and every contribution, to the individuals that sent her the money. Shame on her for wasting ANYONE’S money on such stupidity.
Hmm...I’m incorporating the William T. Drill Foundation for Progressive Voters. Glad to help distribute that money back to the suck...ah, the “kind donors”. I have direct deposit.
I want her to gift me all unspent monies
What’s a good firing squad and final expenses go for these days?
I figured it would go straight into the “Jill Stein for Senate” fund
Now she's going to recount all her donors!
I wonder where Soros will want to place it next. That’s the only vote that counts. He probably has the vote for 125,000 or so of those donations.
I thought that the headline meant that she wanted to recount her donors.
Name one US Senator that is from the Green Party
Give your money to Stein or fliush it down the toilet - it’s all the same thing.
Hopefully Mr. Trump sics the IRS on her.
There has got to be something she did wrong.
Anyone who gave her money should be institutionalized for terminal dumb-assedness.
She should use it on the many homeless and hungry people, especially at this time of year. In fact, she should have used all of that money for them, instead of pursuing frivolous recounts and lawsuits and enjoying her few weeks of “fame.” I might have had some respect for her.
Why would she do that she cares not for the down and out or down trodden. She is just like most of the lifer politicians they don’t care about anyone but themselves and maybe their own families.
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