The Mysterious Case Of Jill Stein's Surging Recount Costs

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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.

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, 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 3:46AM - In 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.


November 24, 2016 at 1:20PM - Then, just 12 hours later, after the cash just kept flowing in, Stein figured she needed at least another $2mm as her fundraising goal was raised to $4.5mm in total.  Of course, the filing fees of $2.2mm didn't change but the "attorney's fees" apparently surged by about 300% and the total costs of the effort skyrocketed to $6-7mm.



November 25, 2016 at 6:11AM - Now, just this morning as Stein approaches $5mm in total donations, her overall fundraising goal has surged once again and now stands at $7mm.



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 another where she says she would have challenged the election result even if Hillary won...though somehow we suspect she wouldn't have been able to raise quite so much money under that scenario.


And finally we leave you with this latest epic rant from PJW on the whole situation:

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gsp9993's picture

The money is not the object    It's a gift from Dr. Evil.  The Trump challenge will come at  her weak justification.

Two points - the filer must have a solid justification that should be pursued.  The justification is the same as the New Yorker story.  Weak, feeble and lame.    No judge will let this proceed.  Democrats are historically committing voter fraud and it's a fact of life for them.   This outrageous claim is just that an unvalidated outrageous claim 

It will not pass the court system when Trump challenges.  Look for him to be on the Sunday poltical show to tell the world that he will not tolerate this insanity


robobbob's picture

what mystery?

there was the initial real cost of the recount

then came the spiraling cost of bribes to get the vote numbers flipped that Hillary needs to win.

damn greedy crooks just wont stay bribed

RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) Nov 25, 2016 9:23 PM

I think we need an audit on the donations to this recount....

Same donations Obama received?

highwaytoserfdom's picture


Terrorist attack by AlanBenFelon  SOROS pissed couldn't kill the pound or dollar.   Ukraine style free election overturn.. 


Take out #pizzagate got the shadow puppet masters favored blackmailed  In-Q-tell funded social media genie out of bottle.

Orange Jumpsuits and pick up the depleted uranium in Iraq "Cool Hand Luke" style.  

"What we have here is a failure to communicate"     MSM and Clinton federal  judges  are going to lose jobs and pensions       United States appointed to hold office during good behavior  REQUIRED 


Ventura Capitalist's picture

Money-grubbing liberals.


John McElroy's picture

If the democrats want to see violence and death this year, let them succeed with an "Al Franken" type recount that unseats Trump as president.  It will not be the fake outrage of BLM or OWS orchestrated by the puppet master, it will be an uprising of real pent-up fury.

justanotheranimal's picture

Agree.  To quote an intelligent man, "What country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" T. Jefferson.


Or, in more succint terms: 312,000,000 privately-owned firearms can't be wrong.  


Either way, it's on.  =)

juujuuuujj's picture

Have you considered that maybe people want a recount, and Stein is simply riding the popular wave? I repeat, she is as anti-Clinton as she is anti-Trump and against the two party system. She has not sold out, she's very clever and this can break the duopoly in politics.

justanotheranimal's picture

Have you considered that Jill Stein is a souless, compliant whore and is just laying down with the highest bidder?

Old Poor Richard's picture

Stein is on the record saying Trump will be no worse than Clinton. She's dined with Vlad. She's part of the alt-right-Russian-propaganda crypto-conspiracy /sarc. This is a scheme to tap the wallets of gullible Hillary supporters. Watch the "lawyers fees" approach infinity as the money keeps rolling in. Epic.

gsp9993's picture

This woman is a national disgrace.  A Judasette who is picking up some pieces of silver for her lame 15 minutes of fame.


Russian hackers affected this election - Are you serious?


The only thing that affects American election is cheating liberals

DaBard51's picture

GrandadGrumps, will you encourage a penis uprising to counter the vagina conspiracy?






When nine hundred yers old you become, look this good you will not.

headfake's picture

Easy money for her pocket

justanotheranimal's picture

I smell the sulfurous odor of John Podesta and the other she-beast hack-olytes all over this one.

Old Poor Richard's picture

This is awesome! Jill Stein, an accused 'Putin dupe' has embarked on an indisputably futile recount effort to leach millions of dollars out of the wallets of Clinton supporters. Go Jill! The "lawyer's fees", I'll bet, are just split 50/50 between the lawyers and Green party apparatchiks. Probably no money into her own pocket (she's already rich) but certainly cementing her as perpetual presidential gadfly of the Green party.

allthegoodnamesaretaken's picture

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