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Jill Stein Is Using the 2016 Election ‘Recount’ Money She Solicited to Pay for Her Russia-related Legal Bills

She originally tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used.

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Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein raised millions of dollars in 2016 to pay for a recount after the electoral victory of President Donald Trump.

However, Stein’s fundraising for the recount significantly exceeded what was actually needed to pay for it — and she tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used.

However, the Daily Beast reports that Stein has so far not kept that promise and is instead using money raised from her “recount” campaign to pay for legal bills related to investigations into her possible contacts with Russia.

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“In June, The Daily Beast reported that the the U.S. Green Party candidate’s campaign, which raised $7.3 million for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, had in 2017 stopped disclosing its monthly spending with the Federal Election Commission,” the publication writes. “Later that month, the Jill Stein for President committee filed a slew of reports that reveal spending on lawyers who are not trying to get inside any voting machines.”

Instead, the committee is paying for lawyers who are helping Stein deal with inquiries into her potential dealings with Russian officials in the run-up to the 2016 election.

“Stein has not been accused of any wrongdoing with respect to the various Russia investigations, but she has drawn attention from investigators for, among other things, her attendance at a December 2015 party in Moscow celebrating the 10th anniversary of state broadcaster RT,” the publication notes. “There she dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser whom Mueller indicted for making false statements.”

Read the whole report at this link.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.