After her millionth failed presidential campaign, Jill Stein finally seemed to be onto something. She launched a “Recount 2016” campaign aimed at key swing states that Trump won (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin), that has raised over $10 million in donations.
That’s THREE times what her 2016 presidential campaign raised in donations, for some perspective. Who knew that running a pointless recount would get someone more attention than running for president?
It was quickly discovered that Jill Stein would be pocketing all the leftover funds from her recount efforts – which would make her the greenest she’d ever been. Not only that, taxpayers in Michigan learned that they’d be on the hook for between 10 and 12 million dollars worth of the costs associated with a recount. A judge in Michigan ordered the recount to a halt on that basis, and that Stein herself wasn’t an aggrieved candidate (having received less than 1 percent of the vote in Michigan).
Now, guess whose on the hook for the entire bill? As The Gateway Pundit reported:
Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation to discourage futile recount efforts by candidates who lose their election bids by an incontestable amount, forcing the candidate to foot the bill for the recount.
Introduced by Republican state Sen. Lisa Lyons (R-Alto) last week, the bill, H.B. 6097, would make a candidate who lost by more than 5 percent pay for the full cost of the recount for each precinct referred to (there are 6,300 precincts in Michigan) in his or her petition. The bill passed on a 5-3 vote in the House Elections committee Tuesday, and now moves to the state’s full House of Representatives for consideration.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed for a hand recount of all 4.8 million votes in Michigan (among others) in the Nov. 8 presidential election, citing unreliable voting machines and supposed irregularities.
According to the Detroit Free Press, current state law requires candidates who lose their race by greater than 0.5 percent to pay $125 per precinct for the recount, while the state pays for the rest. For Jill Stein, that meant a $973,750 check written to the state of Michigan. But the Great Lakes State is by no means coming out in the black on the deal, as the cost is expected to be as much as $12 million.
I’ll have to give her credit. For a socialist, she was pretty good at raising money for herself.
Her recount efforts are essentially dead in the water, and the Green party has kicked her out of the Party (and removed all mentions of her from their website) since her recount gained media traction. Even they realize it’s nonsense.
On the bright side, this means we won’t have to see Stein running as the Green Party candidate next election. On the other hand, who knows what other nutjob their Party will nominate?