As of early Friday morning, former Green Party candidate Jill Stein has now raised over $4.7 million, but still needs another $2.3 million to carry through with a proposed vote recount in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
After cyber security experts urged Hillary Clinton’s campaign to contest the results of the election, stating that there may have been hacks, Stein took it upon herself to raise millions to fund the recounts in the three rust belt states.
The initial goal Stein was set at $2.5 million to cover the filing fees for each state, Wisconsin: $1.1 million by Nov 25, Pennsylvania: $0.5 million by Nov 28, and Michigan: $0.6 million by Nov 30.
After hitting the initial goal in just hours, Stein raised the goal to $4.5 million, and after reaching that one also, she raised it to $7 million. Stein’s fundraising website states the reason it was raised was to cover the maximum expected costs for recounts in all three states:
Those are filing fees alone. The costs associated with recounts are a function of state law. Attorney’s fees are likely to be another $2-3 million, then there are the costs of the statewide recount observers in all three states. The total cost is likely to be $6-7 million.
Her website also notes that “we cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting. We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states” and that “if we raise more than what’s needed, the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.”
One of the cyber security experts that declared a hack may have occurred has since clarified that he does not have evidence suggesting this is true, and renowned political websites such as FiveThirtyEight have come out to state Hillary lost these states because of demographics, not hacking.
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