The Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s Jill Stein for Governor campaign is racing to raise $125,000 by Friday 9/24 in order to qualify for 1-1 public matching funds. Jill Stein supporters have created a viral facebook event called “Clean Money Tidal Wave for Jill Stein” and are asking Greens and progressives across the country to donate and invite their friends.
As of Thursday at 12 PM, the Jill Stein campaign has $96,162 in qualifying contributions towards the $125,000 goal. That means Stein needs $28,838 in contributions of $250 or less by 3 PM EST on Friday to qualify for at least $125,000 in matching public funds. Her campaign raised roughly that amount in the preceding week, when a Boston media consortium announced that she would only be allowed in an October debate if she raised $100,000 by October 1st.
Dr. Stein, who in previous Green Party campaigns earned 3.5% for governor in 2002, 21.3% for state representative in 2004, and 18% for secretary of state in 2006, has been widely praised as an effective spokesperson for the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. If she qualifies for matching public funds, it would mark the first time a Green gubernatorial candidates in Massachusetts has done so.