Campaign: Stein raises millions for recount effort

Greg Nash

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein raised more than $4 million over two days to fund recount efforts in three states.

Donations had nearly reached her campaign’s $4.5 million goal by late Thanksgiving evening, according to a fundraising page on her web site.

“Congratulations on meeting the recount costs for Wisconsin. Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing,” her campaign said.

“Now that we have nearly completed funding Wisconsin’s recount (which is due on Friday), we can begin to tackle the funding for Michigan’s recount (due Monday) and Pennsylvania’s recount (due Wednesday).”

Stein said Wednesday that many Americans are wondering if the election results were reliable after a “divisive and painful” race and reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts. 

“These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified,” she said in a statement released by her campaign.

Her campaign said Wednesday when it launched the fundraising page that it needed to raise “over $2 million by this Friday, 4pm central,” to ensure a recount in Wisconsin.

Filing fees in Wisconsin total $1.1 million her campaign said, with $500,000 needed for filing fees in Pennsylvania and $600,000 for fees in Michigan.

The total cost of the effort in the three states could be as high as $7 million, her campaign said, including attorney fees and recount observers.

A group of election lawyers and researchers are urging Hillary Clinton to ask for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, claiming that they found evidence that voting machines had been tampered with.

President-elect Donald Trump was named the winner of the three states.

Election results from The Associated Press showed that Stein received 1.1 percent of the vote in Michigan and Wisconsin and 0.8 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania.

Updated at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

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