Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort that suspiciously managed to rake in $7.3 million — far more than she raised for her entire campaign — reportedly spent nearly $1 million in administrative costs.
For these administrative costs — including staffers, consultants, travel, etc. — Stein spent a whopping $930,118, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The Daily Caller reported:
Stein, who promised that “every dollar” raised would be allocated for recount expenses, has technically kept that pledge so far — though she was unable to keep her commitment to conduct recounts in three states. Though she managed to complete a recount of ballots in Wisconsin — where President-elect Donald Trump added another 131 votes to his tally — her efforts in Pennsylvania and Michigan were blocked by court decisions.
The money raised for the recount expenses came from 161,300 donors. However, questions remain about how Stein managed to raise more than twice as much money for her recount campaign than she did her for election campaign, with some suggesting high-rolling friends of Democrat Hillary Clinton may have injected funds into the recount coffers. Stein raised $3.2 million for that campaign and finished in debt, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Stein hasn’t revealed how much money was left over and claimed that whatever remained would go to election reform and voting-rights groups — it’s unclear if that meant possibly the Green Party itself …
Given the ambiguity, Fox News host Tucker Carlson attempted to dig into just which groups would get Stein’s recount money leftovers. Carlson spoke to Stein’s campaign manager, David Cobb, on Nov. 30, who didn’t clear much up when he claimed that the leftovers from this recount would go toward “future recounts or election integrity efforts.”
As far as why Stein really conducted this farcical recount, the former Green Party candidate did get 12 times more coverage throughout the recount than she did during the campaign, according to a study released by the Media Research Center.
Stein issued a statement at the close of the recount saga in which she said that the recount was “an amazing affirmation of the power of the American people to have a voice in their voting system and demand elections with integrity.”
Reince Priebus, who will soon serve as the White House chief of staff, called the recount “a total and complete distraction and a fraud.”