Former Green Party nominee Jill Stein is on track to raise twice as much money to recount electoral college votes as she did in her failed 2016 presidential bid.
The Green Party spokeswoman is demanding recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s supporters were shocked when President-elect Donald Trump took all three states on Election Day.
Stein raised a total of $3,509,477 in her 2016 bid for the presidency. In just the past week, Stein’s recount effort has drawn in some $6.3 million in donations, a figure almost double the amount she was able to raise in a year-long campaign for the Oval Office. Unsurprisingly, many of those donating to the recount effort are disgruntled supporters of Clinton.
She is just $700,000 short of her $7 million goal, but the former candidate is asking for another $2.4 million in Wisconsin. She claims Wisconsin is placing “exorbitant” and “undue burden(s)” on the recount; Stein promises that it will not stop the effort.
The election was rigged by “cyber hacking,” according to Stein. She has no evidence to back the claim up, and many tech experts say the American voting system is as secure as it has ever been. (RELATED: Hackers May Bring Back Paper Voting)
Some speculate that Stein is leading the recount effort not to change the results of the election, but to garner pubic and donor support for a possible 2020 presidential bid. Others fear that she could use the recount effort to unduly peddle influence by getting donors to shill for certain politicians or political agendas she is aligned with.
Stein has promised to donate any excess funds to charity or an unnamed political party.
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