Jill Stein blew $3.5 million failing to even come close to winning 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election — as predicted — but she has a new scampaign: election integrity. In a few days, she raised over $3 million for vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan fueled by baseless rumors that Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in these states had something to do with hacking.
On November 23, Stein’s fund-raising call to ensure election integrity said “we need to raise over $2 million by this Friday.” After more than $2 million was raised within 24 hours, the goal total was raised dramatically. Suddenly, there were $2 million-$3 million in attorney fees and recount observers to take care of:
Here are the filing fees and deadlines for each state:
- Wisconsin: $1.1 million by Nov 25
- Pennsylvania: $0.5 million by Nov 28
- Michigan: $0.6 million by Nov 30
Those are filing fees alone. The costs associated with recounts are a function of state law. Attorney’s fees are likely to be another $2-3 million, then there are the costs of the statewide recount observers in all three states. The total cost is likely to be $6-7 million.
Then there is the fine print that will allow Stein’s campaign to keep all of the money even if no recounts are done:
We cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting. We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states.
If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.
Meanwhile, the Green Party overall lost 265 out of 275 races they ran in in 2016, a staggering failure rate of over 95%.
The Green Party and Jill Stein are doing for the left and progressive politics what Trump University did for the real estate industry — exploit people’s emotions and gullibility for financial gain. Buyer beware.