Rep. Thomas Massie on the Recount: ‘It’s About the Money’

Weeks after Election Day, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is pushing for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Saturday that they would join in on recounting efforts, even though they acknowledged that there is not any clear evidence of hacking or fraud.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) took to Facebook Monday to give his perspective on what the real motive behind the recount campaign is.

“I’m getting questions about the recount. It’s about the money,” Massie wrote. “A 4th place candidate has the ability to grow her donor base and increase her notoriety by running a fund raising campaign to finance the recount.”

Think of all the Bernie and Hillary voters who will now send Jill Stein their email addresses, mailing addresses, and donations. These donors have been misled by the media into believing there must be something amiss if their candidate(s) lost. There’s virtually no outlet for their frustration right now, so the 4th party candidate, who is uniquely positioned, has created a “product” for the “market.”

Trump has 306 Electoral votes. Overturning the national election would require changing 37 electoral votes. Among Wisconsin (10), Pennsylvania (20), and Michigan (16), no two states contain enough electoral votes to change the outcome, so the results in all three states would all have to be declared invalid to deny Trump’s presidency.

My advice is to sit back and watch the meltdown as an otherwise irrelevant politician grows her fund raising list, and the consultants make money.

In response to the recount, Preisdent-Elect Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.”

Stein has raised more than $6 million to fund the recount efforts. She originally had a goal of $2 million, but increased it after raising more than $3 million in one day. Her campaign also noted that they cannot guarantee that the funds they raise will go towards a recount.

Stein received just 1% of the national popular vote.

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.