Independent Rocky De La Fuente announced today he is dropping a petition seeking a recount of Wisconsin’s results, leaving Green Party candidate Jill Stein on the hook for the full $3.5 million cost of the review.
Had De La Fuente continued with the petition, he would have had to cover half of the fee, which he said was “cost prohibitive.”
“I do not want to favor one candidate over another,” he said in a statement. “My only interest is to create a nationwide awareness of the vulnerability of our election system and to do everything possible to assure that your vote counts for the candidate for whom it is cast.”
Wisconsin election officials announced Monday Stein, De La Fuente or both would have to cover the $3.5 million cost of the recount for the process to move forward. But they also expressed doubts both candidates would come forward with the money. Green has been fundraising for her pledge to seek recounts in three states, while De La Fuente had not said how he would pay for his share.
Stein faces a 4:30 p.m. deadline to submit the payment.
Posted on November 29, 2016 by JR Ross