On November 23rd, Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party launched an effort to get votes recounted in three states that she quotes ‘election integrity experts,’ as having said they “independently identified Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as states where “statistical anomalies” raised concerns.” Although there was no basis for this they continued on. Stein’s initial $2.5 million fundraising goal was surpassed in less than 48 hours. Since then, she’s upped her target to $4.5 million, but language on her donation page said the cost could go even higher. With attorneys’ fees factored in, the total cost is likely to be $6 million to $7 million. “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.” Another clause widely overlooked. The donation page goes on to list Pennsylvania’s filing deadline as November 28th.
“According to Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday, “the deadline for a voter-initiated recount was Monday, Nov. 21.” That means the three-state recount effort was started two days after Pennsylvania’s deadline. Where did they even get the November 28th estimate from? Although Stein missed the deadline, she claims to be determined to go on with a legal challenge in an effort to force a recount. Whereas the likelihood of proceedings are not certain, the vote tally is already very obvious. Donald Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania — an accomplishment not made by a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984 — by a margin of more than 70,000 votes.
And the harsh reality is, even if the recount effort is successful, recounts typically don’t swing enough votes to change the winner, especially with these margins. According to data compiled by FairVote, a nonpartisan group that researches elections and promotes electoral reform, out of 4,687 statewide general elections between 2000 and 2015, just 27 were followed by recounts. Just three of those 27 recounts resulted in a change in the outcome. But Jill Stein knows this, which begs the suspicion that she doesn’t care — and she certainly doesn’t care about the outcome of the recounts. Jill Stein, some speculate, is in it for the cash. Or, as an MSNBC reporter put it, she’s being a “crybaby and a loser.”
“If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform. This is what we did with our surplus in 2004.” But Stein doesn’t even go into specifics about what those “election integrity efforts” might be.
What Stein has created is a new way to scam voters out of millions of dollars: Just lose elections, call the whole thing rigged, then rely on gullible liberals to pay you millions of dollars while claiming you’re working on a “recount” for the “integrity of democracy.” When the money keeps flowing in, just raise the “estimated attorneys’ fees” and pocket the excess cash. It’s that easy.
The biggest winner with this recount are the lawyers, Jill Stein and her staff. At least she could say she created a few jobs.