The Green and Libertarian parties paid $113,600 for a recount in Ohio which helped John Kerry gain a net increase of 285 votes. That works out to an expenditure of $399 per vote, money neither the Greens, the Libertarians, nor the Kerry’s paid. Kerry supporters, who where either lead to believe or believed in spite of reality, pitched in by the thousands online to raise that money. Since Ohio taxpayers are on the hook for over ten times that amount (approximately $1.5M), so they only had to chip in $5,263 per net-Kerry vote.
Of course Kerry started the recount behind President Bush by 118,775, so the fact that a recount netted him an extra 285 votes puts a nail in the coffin of the Ohio story, irrespective of the breathless reporting of Keith Olbermann.