Green Party nominee Jill Stein has been engaged in a post-election fundraising drive in order to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. She does not dispute her own vote totals in those states, but is basing her claim on alleged irregularities, the possibility that voting machines were hacked, and how “unexpected” the results were. WI and PA were unexpectedly won by Trump and thus delivered his win in the Electoral College; MI remains too close to formally call but Trump has consistently maintained a narrow lead in the returns there.
As Politico reports, this effort initially had a stated goal of $2.5 million but has since been raised, with Stein now talking about a figure of “6 to 7 million” and the current goal on the website being $4.5 million.
As of now, Stein’s website shows a total raised of $4,123,365.70. This comfortably exceeds her total raised during the actual election campaign.
According to Federal Elections Commission website, as of the most recent report covering through October 19, Jill Stein for President had raised a total of $3,015,906 in individual contributions, plus $456,035 in federal matching funds accepted for the primary. Stein herself had also extended $40,000 in loans to the campaign.
Trump’s lead in Wisconsin is currently 27,257 votes, or 1% of the total. In Pennsylvania his lead over Clinton is 70,010 votes, or just under 1.2% of the total. Both margins are well outside the range historically likely to be overturned by a recount.