Green Party’s Jill Stein Raises Millions for Election Recount
Green Party nominee Jill Stein appeared to have met her initial fundraising goal early Thursday for recounts of the vote in three key swing states that went to Donald Trump — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
However, she quickly raised the sum being sought by another $2 million. “Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing,” a message on her website read.
The Green Party didn’t single out any specific evidence of fraud, nor does it need proof of irregularities to call for a recount. Stein’s party won only 1 percent of the vote.
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable,” Stein said Wednesday. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”
They also point to evidence that Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and potentially a top adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as evidence of both ability and willingness. Hackers compromised voter records in Illinois and attempted to breach voting systems in a handful of other states before the election.
Clinton campaign officials haven’t commented on Stein’s efforts, which hinge on the Green Party’s ability to pay for a recount.
Stein told supporters Wednesday that she needed to raise “over $2 million by this Friday, 4 p.m. central,” to put her plan to action. The deadline to file for a recount in Wisconsin is Friday, while the deadlines for Pennsylvania and Michigan are next week. Recounts are costly to conduct, and each state requires various fees depending on the size of the vote lead and how expansive the recount is.
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