Questions raised about funding of Jill Stein’s recount efforts

Stein recount fundraising
Stein — Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, Conservative Firing Line contributor David Thornton reported that efforts are underway to conduct a recount in three states won by President-elect Donald Trump.  But, Zero Hedge said Friday, questions have been raised about the fundraising efforts led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

“Just yesterday we noted that Jill Stein was acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton to raise money for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  As we noted then, we continue to be astonished by the amount of money flowing into the fundraising campaign and would love to see which of Hillary’s mega donors have spent the most on the effort…somehow we suspect this isn’t just a “grassroots organizing” effort as Stein described it,” Tyler Durden wrote, adding:

So, in less than 1 day, Jill Stein raised over $3mm, which is more than the $2mm needed to force a recount in Wisconsin.  While she attributed the accomplishment to “the power of grassroots organizing,” we would tend to be a little more skeptical and would love to see exactly where those donations came from.  Then again, maybe we’re wrong and there really are just that many disaffected snowflakes out there willing to blow their money on an extreme long shot.

But, he added, something odd has happened:

But, today a new mystery has emerged in Stein’s fundraising efforts.  Apparently, the more money she raises the more expensive the recount effort becomes.  Courtesy of the Wayback Machine we have the following snapshots from her fundraising page over the past couple of days:

November 24, 2016 at 3:46AMIn the beginning, Stein figured she needed a total of $2.5mm to fund her recount efforts.  That figure included $2.2mm for the actual filing fees and presumably another $0.3mm for legal fees and other costs.

As Zero Hedge noted, in the course of just a little more than 24 hours, her estimated attorney’s fees went from $1 million to $7 million.  Durden backed this up with three screenshots taken from the fundraising effort:

This screenshot was from November 24, 2016 at 3:46 am:

stein fundraising

The second was from November 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm:

Stein recount fundraising

And the third was taken on November 25, 2016 at 6:11 am:

Jill Stein recount fundraising

Durden added:

So, with nearly $5mm raised so far, the question is no longer whether recounts will occur in WI, MI and PA but just how much Jill Stein will be able to drain from the pockets of disaffected Hillary supporters to fund her long-shot efforts.

All that said, here is Jill Stein admitting to CNN that she has absolutely no evidence of election hacking….even though she asks that you please keep sending your money anyway.

And, the Philadelphia Inquirer noted (Emphasis added):

The basis for this week’s concerns, however, appears to be purely circumstantial. One of the experts in the magazine report, University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman, wrote separately that machines had “probably not” been hacked, but the only way to be sure was “to closely examine the available physical evidence.”

Stein also claimed she would have asked for the recount even if Hillary won:

It’s interesting to note that the recounts are only taking place in states Trump won narrowly, and none are taking place that we know of in states Hillary won narrowly.

Where is all of this money coming from?  And is this yet another effort to steal the election from Trump in an effort to install Hillary as president?  Those are the questions many are asking.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear the media is interested in learning the answer.

Color us surprised… Not.


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