Not even Green Party candidate Jill Stein was delusional enough to suggest that she had any chance of becoming president through a recount of the vote in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states with, ahem, “proven hack-prone machines.”
Still, the longer her “election integrity” effort drags on, the more amazing it is that she managed to secure 1 percent of the popular vote … that’s cutting it too close.
Stein managed to surpass her original fundraising goal easily on the suggestion that “a tiny 50,000-vote shift” could tip the Electoral College to Hillary Clinton. From the beginning, the fine print noted that recounts weren’t guaranteed, and any leftover money would go to “election integrity efforts.” Stein repeated that pledge Tuesday, but it might be a while before she announces exactly who will receive any leftover cash.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 13, 2016
ABC News reports that there might not be any leftover funds to distribute, even though her recount efforts accomplished little more than giving Donald Trump an extra 131 votes in Wisconsin. Stein said Tuesday she raised $7.33 million from nearly 161,300 donors; however, current recount expenses add up to $7.4 million. That total is expected to drop a bit once costs are finalized, but still, why so high?
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) December 13, 2016
— Rex (@RexRubel) December 13, 2016
— George Briden (@gebr71) December 13, 2016
Greens are such easy marks. And now she has all their email addresses. https://t.co/XuL1FVSFnY
— jon gabriel (@exjon) December 13, 2016
@exjon And how many of those "consultants" are real estate brokers buying her a new lakeside home next to Bernie's?
— Cheesetrader (@cheesetrader1) December 13, 2016
Stein plans to name the recipients of any leftover funds “in the coming weeks,” and will soon launch an online survey asking donors to whom any leftover money should be given — not a bad way to add even more names and email addresses to the Green Party’s database with no guarantee of any payout.
And to think Trump and others were calling Stein’s recount effort a scam.
@ABCPolitics LOL. I want to see all the paperwork on that.
— iMoore (@imoore8904) December 13, 2016
— Guitar Dood (@RealGuitarDood) December 13, 2016
— Aleon Visitor (@aleonvisitor) December 13, 2016
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