Posted by Wordsmith on 3 December, 2016 at 6:23 pm. 19 comments already!


Oh, you gullible, deluded, snake oil buyers:

The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

The decision came Saturday, two days before a court hearing in the case. Lawyers for the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case say they can’t afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by Monday at 5 p.m. However, Green Party-backed efforts to analyze election software in scattered precincts are continuing.

The idea that the Green Party can’t put up the bond seems astounding, considering that Stein’s recount fundraising brought in far more than initially requested. However, what the Green Party claimed was needed went steadily up as money came in.

Initially, Stein’s campaign estimated (according to its fundraising page) that the Wisconsin recount would cost $1.1 million, Pennsylvania would cost $500,000 and Michigan would cost $600,000. To cover those costs, the campaign’s original stated goal was to raise $2.5 million.

Once they quickly blew past that goal, though, the fundraising page on Stein’s website included a line saying that there were more costs involved than just the fees owed to each state: they’d also need money for attorneys’ fees (which they estimated to be $2 to 3 million) as well as money to pay the statewide recount observers. That new estimate, they said, brought their fundraising goal up to $7 million.

As of Wednesday, the fundraising effort had collected $6.7 million while the Green Party had raised their cost estimate again, this time to $9.5 million.

With the withdrawal from Pennsylvania, there are not enough EVs in play to put the election in doubt, even if both the narrow Trump victories in Michigan and Wisconsin were erased. Stein has promised that any unused funds collected will go toward “voting reform.”

Suuuuure it will.


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