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Jill Stein’s Election Recount Fundraiser Sure As Hell Seems Like A Scam

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Noted anti-vaxer Jill Stein may have been a failed sideshow of a presidential candidate, but she might be a pretty solid con artist. The Green Party nominee raised millions of dollars to demand a recount in three close swing states in the 2016 election, but now her campaign is saying they can’t guarantee that there will be a recount and that they might spend the money on other causes.

Cool. Seems legit.

If you look through the finer print on the donate page on Stein’s website you’ll notice that there have been some changes. Originally, Stein was trying to raise $2.5 million, as can be seen on an archived version of the donation page here. The fine print is three short paragraphs long.

However, after Stein somehow beat that fundraising goal, the fine print got a lot longer — and shadier. On a more recent version of the page asking for $4.5 million, suddenly there’s an entire “details you need to know” section — and some of those details seem like they sure as shit would’ve been worth knowing before giving money towards that first $2.5 million goal:

We cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting. We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states.

If we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.

It’s pretty inexcusable that these very important caveats wouldn’t have been mentioned in the first round of fundraising. It’s unclear what, exactly, “election integrity efforts” mean, but I guess it’ll be a surprise when donors find out to keep with the overall theme of this fundraising effort.

The campaign keeps raising the fundraising goal as they meet markers to call for recounts in each state, so while that aspect of this possible scandal could’ve been clearer, it’s not quite as suspicious as it appears at first (still dodgy as heck, though).

Gary Johnson, meanwhile, has been a frickin’ ghost since the election. Thank god.

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Update: The deadline to file in Wisconsin is Friday at 5 p.m., and according to the state election commission’s official Twitter account, Stein hasn’t filed anything yet.

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