#Recount2016, Bad optics, Democaratic Party, disavowal, fundraising, Green Party, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Questionable donations, Wisconsin
CORRECTION: You will note that I changed the title of this post to reflect that “some members” of the Green Party not all have disavowed Jill Stein’s recount initiative.
Pursuant to a twitter notification received, there are those members of the Greens who are taking a neutral stance in which case, the following update beneath this correction may not be true.
@PUMAbydesign Some GPUS delegates and members. Not all of them. GPUS has taken neutral stance, so far.
— Renae Ward (@RenaeWard9) November 30, 2016
UPDATE: The following tweet is circulating on Twitter. No idea if it is rumor or fact. It is 4:49 a.m. and I need a nap. Please feel free to update in comments section if you hear of anything. Thank you.
Green Party labeled Jill Stein a anarchist lol#Recount#Recount2016
no wonder she is causing chaos she is a nutty anarchist.#GoAwayJill
— 0hour1 (@Brian_Was_Here_) November 30, 2016
Maryland Senate candidate Margaret Flowers of the Green Party posted an open letter on her website entitled Greens Speak Out on Recount and Our Commitment to an Independent Party which disavows Stein’s recount initiative and any connection thereto by the Greens.
The letter which states, “While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein” was signed by leading members of the Green Party, all of whom are opposed to the recount and Stein’s alliance (although denied) with “two capitalist parties” that serve the interests of the wealthy” (in this instance, the Democratic Party); namely, the DNC and Hillary Clinton.
Greens Speak Out on Recount and Our Commitment to an Independent Party – Excerpt below: (EDITED)
…That is why it is imperative that the Green Party is independent of those parties. We stay independent to give people an alternative to the corruption of two money-based parties. Greens reject donations from corporations and their political action committees to ensure we are accountable to the people and so that the people’s agenda is not superseded by the corporate agenda….
While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein.
The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS)….
[Flowers also included a link to google drive for those who wished the sign and/or share the letter.]
Actions that cannot be reversed.
Stein and the Green Party will be forever tainted, concerns of which Stein’s running mate, Alamo Baraka expressed with the Green Party presidential candidate. Baraka, according to his Facebook post, for reasons that he does not care to make public does not share Stein’s position on the hand recount of electoral votes in PA, MI and WI.
I believe that Dr. Stein sincerely believed that she had an obligation, grounded in her commitment to the principle of election integrity, to mount a challenge to the results in those three states. And while I don’t share that position for reasons that I am not going to try and elaborate on here on Facebook, the notion that her decision was made for any other reason than that is a position that I cannot support. There are many in and outside of the Green Party who support the campaign’s decision to call for a recount. But there are also many Green Party activists and supporters who are opposed to that decision.
It is unfortunate that after waging a courageous campaign to build an independent, principled political opposition to the two racist, capitalist/imperialist parties, the recount effort has resulted in serious questions regarding the motivations of the recount that threatens to damage the standing and reputation of the Green party, its supporters, and activists.
While the above disavowal of Stein’s recount efforts in collusion with Hillary Clinton is officially on record, not only are donations continuing to pour in to the party at Jill2016 #Recount2016, Stein has raised the ceiling of her fundraising goal (again) from $7,000,000 to $9,500,000.
According to the website, the state of Wisconsin has increased the “initial estimate” of its recount filing fee from $1.1 million to $3.5 million. See screenshots below.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11/29/2016, the goal was $7,000,000:
My last check was 3:30 a.m., 11/30/2016, goal now raised to $9,500,000.
The language on the website had also been changed (a) reflecting the reason for increasing the ceiling and new cost estimates (which are probably not final). See screenshots below:
Regardless of the reason for steadily raising the $$$$ goal, To quote Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, “Apparently, the more money she raises the more expensive the recount effort becomes.”
Besides the question as to who exactly the “130,000 small donors” are, Stein must be aware that the optics are bad and while everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the collusion of Stein/Clinton calling for a hand recount in the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, one is always reminded that there is malicious intent to everything remotely connected to Hillary Clinton.
Worse than the optics are Stein’s talking points. They do not hold water.
And as to why Stein would cast her lot with Clinton there by selling her soul and that of the Green Party along with it is besides me.
From Clinton’s perch over the swamp, this grimy politician could care less. To her, Stein and the Greens are nothing more than collateral damage to be stepped on and over as she plots her rise back to the top. Soros and her foreign donors demand as much.
H/t and a hearty thanks to HocusPocus13.
Suggested reading: Here’s Why Jill Stein Is Really Doing the Recounts
See my earlier posts:
UPDATE: Stein, Clinton’s End Game: Deligitimize Trump, Nullify Electoral Votes in PA, WI and MI
Fox Business, Lisa Kennedy, exposes Jill Stein as Hillary pawn.
Jill Stein, Hillary Clinton collude to steal election from Donald Trump
Hillary Fights Russian Hacking of Voting Machines Not Hooked Up to the Internet
US election shocker: is this how the vote will be rigged?