WI recount funded: Jill Stein’s website shows more than $4M raised for presidential recounts in 3 states
A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump mocked Hillary Clinton supporters Thursday, November 24th for “not accepting the presidential election results.”
“Look who ‘can’t accept the election results’ — Hillary Clinton Supporters Call for Vote Recount in Battleground States,” Kellyanne Conway tweeted while linking to a New York Times story about the call for a recount.
Conway’s turn-the-tables dig came after President-elect Trump himself had warned during the campaign that he might not accept the outcome if Clinton won.
Clinton won 2 million more votes than President-elect Trump and some academic and voting experts have suggested that the election results in three key states should be challenged because of possible irregularities in voting patterns that they say could be the result of hacking.
The Clinton campaign has not called for a recount, nor has the Democratic National Committee. And no hard evidence of hacking has been brought forward.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and others are seeking an audit and recount of the results in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The voting experts have reportedly alerted Clinton’s camp of the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states.
The Stein campaign has raised more than $4 million to pay for the recounts — with a goal of $4.5 million.
The following message was posted on Stein’s website Thursday:
Because of you, the first recount is funded. We have two more to go!
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 completed funding Wisconsin’s recount (which is due on Friday), we have begun to tackle the funding for Pennsylvania’s recount (due Monday). Then we will focus on raising funds for Michigan’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.
In true grassroots fashion, we’re turning to you, the people, and not big-money corporate donors to make this happen.
Stein, who does not stand to win anything if the results are changed, said her effort is “not intended to help Clinton. “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,” she said on her website.
President-elect Trump was repeatedly criticized before the election for warning that the outcome could be “rigged” and refusing to say if he would accept the results if Clinton won.
“I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” President-elect Trump to supporters at a Ohio rally in October.