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Hillary Clinton is getting involved in the Florida recounts -- here's what she's doing

Hillary Clinton is helping raise money to pay for lawyers and activists to assist in recounting votes in Florida. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton is getting involved in the Florida recount controversy by helping Democrats raise money to assist in recount efforts for the Senate and gubernatorial races, according to the Washington Examiner.

Clinton, through her organization Onward Together, sent a memo to supporters urging them to donate to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"Despite the tweeted complaints of Donald Trump and Rick Scott, the counting of ballots in Florida has continued," Clinton's memo read. "The final margin in the races for Senate is too close to call, and the Secretary of State has just ordered a recount."

This is important because: A Wall Street Journal op-ed written by a former adviser who said Clinton would run for president again in 2020 has elevated scrutiny of the two-time presidential candidate's actions. Clinton involving herself in Florida, always an important electoral state in presidential races, is potentially notable.

As hinted at in Clinton's memo, the Florida recount also gives Clinton an opportunity to directly oppose President Donald Trump, who has cast doubt on the validity of the vote counting process.

A more active role: Clinton's direct and public activity in Florida contrasts with the approach she took last month, when she campaigned for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum but did not appear publicly. Gillum was reportedly on early list of potential vice presidential candidates for Clinton in 2016.

Clinton's presence was already indirectly felt in the recount, with her former lawyer Marc Elias assisting Sen. Bill Nelson's campaign. Gov. Rick Scott told Fox News he was wary of Elias' involvement and said he thought Elias might be trying to "steal" the election.

Taking subtle shots: Clinton took shots at anyone who implied that the recount was a part of Democratic efforts to steal the election.

"What we're seeing right now is unprecedented -- this is the first full statewide recount in Florida history. It's unbelievable that any elected official wouldn't call for a fair and accurate count of the votes," Clinton wrote.

Her memo did not make mention of the issues surrounding the Florida vote count, such rejected provisional ballots being mixed in with valid ones and questionable procedures used for evaluating those ballots, taking place within the context of a history of incompetence and potential fraud in Broward County.

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