O what a wicked web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
You set out to investigate Russian conspiracies, but then you end up financing Leninists.
Dr. Jill Stein PhD, MS, BS, LSAT, MARX, the crush of Sandernistas who vowed never to vote for Hillary, might have walked away gracefully from the election. After all, unlike Ralph Nader, she didn't seem to have swung the election. At least that is until she started fundraising off the bitter tears of Democrats by promising to investigate the election if they gave her millions. Give her millions they did. Where it's going? That's the fun part.
Money that Jill Stein raised to recount votes in 2016 swing states is being used by her campaign to pay for legal bills stemming from the investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential election.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Money raised for one conspiracy theory is being used to pay for a defense against another.
Back when Jill Stein began fundraising, the media hadn't settled yet on a mainstream election rigging conspiracy theory. Or Stein would have been a particularly bad investigator for the Russia conspiracy.
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. 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.
At the end of May 2018, according to the most recent FEC filing, the Stein campaign paid the “Partnership for Civil Justice” $66,441.60; that is on top of a $31,536 payment made in January, and more than the Stein campaign had in cash on hand by November 2016.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is a nonprofit law firm whose mission is to “defend and advance fundamental civil, constitutional and human rights,” per a 2016 IRS filing. On its website, the group notes that it is representing Stein in her dealings before the the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Being dragged into this is an inconvenience, but not a serious issue (one would assume) for Stein, who isn't a Republican and thus very unlikely to be a target of the Mueller coup, except in the collateral damage sort of way as Podesta.
In an April 26 letter, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, cofounder of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, told Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner that, “As its records reflect, the Campaign paid for Dr. Stein’s trip to Russia.” The letter also notes Stein’s willingness to comply with its requests for communication with Russian state media organizations and Russian government officials. Objections are raised, however, to what are deemed unconstitutionally vague requests for internal policy discussions and contacts with any “Russian persons,” regardless of affiliation.
The Partnership for Civil Justice is a left-wing group (funny how the media rarely identifies them as such) and Mara has an interesting history, courtesy of DiscovertheNetworks.
Mara Verheyden-Hillard is a co-founder of The Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense & Education Fund (PCJ-LDEF), which is a sub-unit of the International Action Center, which is a front for the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist “vanguard” which aligns with North Korea. The PCJ-LDEF lawyers also work closely with the pro-Communist National Lawyers Guild. Dedicated to hampering the efforts of law-enforcement officials to investigate terrorist suspects
I'm sure that the media and Russia-shouters like Max Boot will get right on this.
In May 2018, the Stein campaign also paid $9,325 in attorney fees to Miller & Chevalier. In August 2017, Politico described it as “a boutique firm in Washington” that had taken on the case of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman. Manafort, accused of by special counsel Robert Mueller of money laundering, is currently in jail.
It doesn't get better than that.
In December 2017, Senate investigators requested documents from the Stein campaign as part of its own look into Russian government interference in the last presidential election. Stein has largely complied.
Largely. So why stonewall to any degree?
In a November 28 press release, the Stein campaign assured such donors that “recount funds are being held in a dedicated account, separate from Stein’s Presidential campaign treasury, and will be used to pay for all costs associated with the recounts.”
Like the recount of how much trouble the election rigging conspiracy theory has gotten her into. When you unleash the lynch mob, it can lynch you too.