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Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, never had a chance of winning the presidency and in fact she only managed to garner 1,395,190 votes or 1.04 percent of the total ballots cast on November 8, but that represented three-times the number she received when she ran in 2012.

But the candidate who proposed solving the unemployment crisis – with one in five American households without a single employed family member – by employing “every American willing and able to work” in renewable energy jobs to also address climate and environmental issues, has not gone the way of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and faded quietly after the election.

Stein, acting as a surrogate for defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, has been raising money to fund a request for an official recount of the vote in three states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and met the filing deadline in Wisconsin on Friday with only 90-minutes to spare.

Stein earned only 31,006 votes in Wisconsin, a state won by Donald Trump with 1,404,000 votes compared to Clinton’s 1,381,823, giving him the state’s ten electoral votes.

The recount will begin this week and must be completed by December 13.

Although Stein – and, significantly Clinton herself – has not alleged any evidence of hacking, a group of computer experts suggested to Clinton insider, John Podesta, that the system in Wisconsin could have been vulnerable to such cyber attacks.

In fact, Stein acknowledged that there is no “smoking gun.”

We’re not doing this because we expect the results to be overturned or because there’s a smoking gun. We are doing it because the American people deserve to have confidence in the voting system.”

While the request for the recount is itself highly unusual, especially as it is launched by a third party claiming not to be acting on behalf of another, it is the staggering amount of donations pouring into the effort by the hour that is creating suspicions that it is more than an authentic “grassroots organizing” effort as Stein calls it.

In less than 24-hours, Stein managed to raise over $3 million, exceeding the necessary $2 by half, with the numbers increasing on an almost hourly basis.

November 24, 2016 at 3:46AM - In the beginning, Stein figured she needed a total of $2.5mm to fund her recount efforts. That figure included $2.2mm for the actual filing fees and presumably another $0.3mm for legal fees and other costs.

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November 24, 2016 at 1:20PM - Then, just 12 hours later, after the cash just kept flowing in, Stein figured she needed at least another $2mm as her fundraising goal was raised to $4.5mm in total. Of course, the filing fees of $2.2mm didn't change but the "attorney's fees" apparently surged by about 300% and the total costs of the effort skyrocketed to $6-7mm.

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November 25, 2016 at 6:11AM - Now, As Stein approaches $5mm in total donations, her overall fundraising goal has surged once again and now stands at $7mm.

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The costs of a recount are set by the individual state. The next filing deadline is November 28 for Pennsylvania and November 30 for Michigan.

Despite the level of anger and disappointment experienced by many of Clinton’s younger supporters, it seems highly unlikely that demographic would be able to mount a grassroots fundraising effort capable of generating such massive amounts in a so brief period of time.

 

Stein and the Green Party have said that any excess funds would not be refunded, but be used to “push for voting system reforms.”

Source: Zero Hedge

 

 

 

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