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Jill Stein Crowdfunding: Green Party Nominee Raises $5.4 Million to Fund Recounts

Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, announced November 23 that she wanted to seek 2016 recounts in three battleground states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

In less than 24 hours, she had raised more than the stated $2.5 million goal to do so. She then changed the goal to $4.5 million as the donations continue to roll in. As of November 25, Stein had raised more than $5.4 million with a $7 million goal. She has formally asked for a Wisconsin recount, which will be conducted starting next week.

You can find Stein’s crowdfunding site here.

The election results in all three states were very close, although Donald Trump leads in all three states (Michigan is still so tight that the Associated Press has not formally called it, but Trump was declared victor in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania). That propelled Trump to an Electoral College victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton (were Clinton to have won all three states, she would be president.)

Trump’s lead in Michigan: 12,882 votes. His lead in Wisconsin: 24,081. His lead in Pennsylvania: 68,814. Stein received 1.39 million votes in the 2016 presidential election overall.

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The Stein efforts come on the heels of a group of professors and lawyers urging the Clinton campaign to seek recounts in those three states after uncovering what they claim are anomalies in the Wisconsin returns. However, other data experts have said any anomalies can be explained by demographic variables and have ridiculed the accusations.

Some thought the Stein fundraising was wrong – or even a scam – because of how difficult it would be to overturn the results.

The renewed scrutiny on the election results from the three states gained more prominence November 22 when New York Magazine ran an extensive article entitled, “Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing State.”

The article reported that a group of data experts and lawyers “which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.” Halderman then wrote a detailed explanation of his theories on Medium.com.

The group’s central theory is that a foreign government could have hacked the election because of what they argue are suspicious patterns in voting results in Wisconsin (which other data experts say can be explained away by education and race variables). The Clinton campaign and various intelligence agencies have accused the Russian government of staging a series of hacks that hurt Clinton’s chances during the campaign, including hacking into the emails of her campaign chairman, John Podesta. The group seeking the recount has not proven any election hacking or manipulation.

In a statement, Stein said, “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.”

Twitter was burning up with news of the Stein efforts. Some found the fundraising ironic because they believe Stein and other third-party candidates cost Clinton the election. Indeed, Stein received more votes in Michigan and Wisconsin than Trump’s margin of victory.

Others raised the difficulty of the task; the results would need to be overturned in all three states for Clinton to prevail.

On the crowdfunding website, Stein wrote on November 23 that Wisconsin’s recount had now been funded (the deadline for a recount request is November 25), but more money was needed to fund recounts for Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Stein fundraising site says:

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.

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). The breakdown of these costs is described below.

On November 23, the Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign launched an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. With your help, we are raising money to demand recounts in these three states where the data suggests a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.

The website says Stein is not seeking the recounts to help Hillary Clinton. Rather, the site says, “These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is.”

The website also says that the organizers can’t guarantee a recount will happen and pledged “to use the money for election integrity efforts and to promote systemic voting system reform” if recounts don’t happen or more than enough money is raised.

Were Wisconsin, Michigan & Pennsylvania Election Results ‘Rigged’ or Hacked?

Some data experts allege the 2016 election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania could have been hacked or rigged. They want Hillary Clinton to seek recounts.

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Presidential Election Results: Did Jill Stein Cost Hillary Clinton the Election?

Did Green Party nominee Jill Stein cause Hillary Clinton to lose the presidential election? Not by herself, but maybe in conjunction with Libertarian Gary Johnson.

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10 comments

  1. The real reason behind it !!!

    Can you say term limits !!!

    Can you say no more lobbying after public service !!!

    Can you say being paid by an outside party to continue this Hillary Clinton BS movement along with their paid protesters from black lives matters and the Muslim Brotherhood .

    You know ,to tell you the truth !

    I’ll bet you the Muslim Brotherhood is pretty pissed off Clinton didn’t win !!

    Come to think of it.

    They almost had this country !!

    They did vow to destroy America from within.

    I’m still trying to figure out why Obama invited a group to the White House that proclaims they want Dead Cops ?

    Must be a Muslim thing ?

  2. What an incredible come back by our super presidential contender, Mrs. Jill stein .nobody understand you but I do. If the vote recount again ,you will win the presidency by landslide. I am not kidding ,I mean it. but ,before that, you must study the vote gaps between you and your President elect DJT .

    • In a statement, Stein said, “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.”
      BUT NO RECOUNT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, ODD.
      Maybe election “accountability” only matters for Clinton.
      Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton will set back female advancement by 200 years. Congratulations girls, really good job.

  3. I am so sick of all these arrogant, cry baby, losers!!! Shut the hell up!! You lost!! Get over it you bunch of dimwits!!! The American people did not vote for you and do not want any of you!!!! Get out of our lives and let our new President do what needs to be done!!! ……I was always open to voting for who I thought would do what was best for our country, not looking at party affiliation. Now that I have seen the disgusting, immoral and cry baby, tantrums of the left…….I will NEVER vote democrat for the remainder of my life, NEVER!!!!!!!

  4. It’s a scam. Anything donated over the real amount necessary will somehow stay in Stein’s control, though some BS fund. During the campaign, Stein was saying a vote for Hillary was a vote for WW3, and now she asking for a recount. Think scam. If you feel you have to donate money for some loser cause, go ahead and waste your money. There are plenty of good causes you can donate your money to and actually help someone a be part of something that will make a difference to someone. This recount fund, will just line the pockets of lawyer firms friends of Stein with your money and any excess will go to Stein. Somewhat like the Clinton Foundation. In fact this looks very similar to the Clinton scam in which the smaller percentage went to charity and the greater expense went to salaries and “other expenses”.

  5. I think the important thing is that a process be established to recount all presidential elections in the future. I’ll be happy to donate to any effort that attempts to stop special interests from subverting the rights of the people under the U.S. Constitution. BTW I am a Trump supporter and voter.

  6. I’m so happy Trump won the election. Now certain people have no more excuses why they don’t have particular life items. If you want a great life put the work in. It’s rich and poor, not black and white or yellow or brown. The majority of people who complain are just tired of being poor. Well get in line, and that line will be, black white yellow and brown. Just live America!!!