Jill Stein Raises Millions for Recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania

by on November 28, 2016 · 4 comments

in Civil Rights, Election, Politics

Update: the Clinton Campaign Has Now Joined Stein’s Efforts

“We deserve elections we can trust,” Stein said.

By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams

Jill Stein. Photo by Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Jill Stein. Photo by Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein on Wednesday – Nov. 23rd – called for a ballot recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and and Pennsylvania, and apparently took less than a day to raise more than her campaign’s initial goal of $2 million.

“After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign agents hacked into party databases, private email servers, and voter databases in certain states, many Americans are wondering if our election results are reliable,” Stein said in a statement. “That’s why the unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”

In total, the campaign raised $2.5 million in time to reach Wisconsin’s filing deadline of November 25 and fee of $1.1 million. The extra funds are enough to pay for Pennsylvania’s filing fee, and part of Michigan’s.

The total cost is estimated at $6-7 million, accounting for attorneys’ fees and recount observers, Stein’s campaign said.

The Boston Globe writes:

Recount rules vary by state, but generally states only cover costs for automatic recounts, or ones triggered when election results are within a specified, close margin.

Otherwise, the candidate or party that petitions the recount must first pay a deposit toward the cost of conducting the recount, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The deposit is refunded if the recount reverses the election results. If not, the petitioner has to pay for most of the costs associated with the recount.

Stein’s effort comes after a group of activists told New York magazine that Hillary Clinton—who lost the presidency despite winning the popular vote—should call for a recount in those three battleground states, alleging foreign hacking.

Her campaign manager, David Cobb, told the Globe, “The reason that we’re doing this is that we do not have confidence in the integrity of election results themselves,” adding that unused funds would go toward “election integrity efforts.”


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John November 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

“The unexpected results of the election.”???
The only expectations were by private polling companies and reported, selectively, by corporate owned media outlets.
I hope someone is not suggesting that if the people vote differently than the way the six o’clock news spends a year telling them to, the results are invalid?
To be clear I agree that many of Trumps plans could be risky and understand the opposition. However this election went far deeper than left vs. right. Much of the support for Trump came from a common voice of dissatisfaction with the establishment in Washington and if anyone personified the people voters have had enough of-the hand in corporate pocket corruption, the telling to voters what they want to hear but doing nothing at all for them, it was Hillary Clinton.
With the way the GOP base opposed Trump you would think more of you would find common ground with him. I think at this point a lot of people are blindly promoting brand D rather than think about and take the bold risks that hope and change- meaningful, not the facade that went on for 8 years, is going to take.

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rick callejon November 30, 2016 at 11:01 am

The elephant in the room:

The prospect of having a woman in charge is repugnant to many voters. A misogynistic, despicable man proved to be preferable to a woman for a minority of voters.

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RB November 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

A women or a candidate in charge who care so little about the state’s voters that she never campaigned in Wisconsin during the general election…………..

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Geoff Page Geoff Page December 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm

That was not an indication that she didn’t care. Campaigns focus their efforts – meaning money – where needed. They believed they were ok in Wisconsin, remember, they didn’t campaign in California either because they knew they didn’t have to.

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