Jill Stein’s recount effort started strong — and went south quickly.
It seemed like the recount would at least succeed in bringing attention to the Green Party. Her recount campaign raised more money than her presidential campaign ($6.3 million raised for a recount; $3.5 million raised for her 2016 presidential run). Perhaps she learned a few lessons from The Donald in getting free publicity from the media and using it to her advantage.
Regardless, the Green Party was none too happy with the stunt, and they quickly distanced themselves. All mentions (and photos) of Stein have been removed from the homepage of the Green Party’s website.
So the party ain’t pleased — even though all the leftover funds from the recount are supposedly to go into their pockets. Pocketing the leftover funds seems to have been the goal the entire time, given the impossibility of the recount in changing the results of the election. Pennsylvania’s State Department said Stein missed the deadline for a recount by a week, making it mathematically impossible for her to flip the necessarily amount of electoral votes to change the results of the election.
Not only that, now Stein’s facing yet another roadblock in Michigan that could end her recount efforts there as well. As Politico reported: Michigan’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit to stop a recount of the presidential election results requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, his office announced on Friday.“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, said. “We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.” Schuette’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of the state, asks the Michigan Board of Canvassers to reject Stein’s recount request on the grounds that Stein has acknowledged she has no evidence that fraud or widespread errors were committed.
For the record, Schuette isn’t doing this because he’s trying to spite Stein; he’s doing this because he’s trying to save the taxpayers in his state money. We reported yesterday that, “GOP attorney Eric Doster, who will help represent President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign in the recount, said Tuesday that he can’t imagine the recount costing less than $10 to $12 million — the cost of a statewide election. He cited “astronomical” costs of overtime pay, training, security and travel.”
A socialist wasting Other People’s Money is nothing new, of course, but at least there’s a man in this case to put a stop to it.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]