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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Stein calls $3.5 million recount estimate 'exorbitant'

Green Party candidate Jill Stein would have to spend nearly half of what she’s raised for recounts in three states just to cover the costs of the Wisconsin tally.

The Elections Commission late yesterday announced a statewide recount is expected to cost nearly $3.5 million, based on estimates from the 72 counties.

Stein called the cost “exorbitant.”

“While this excessive fee places an undue burden on our efforts, we are committed to paying this cost in order to assure that the voting in Wisconsin was accurate,” said Stein, who also announced she will now seek to raise an additional $2.4 million.

Both Stein and independent Rocky De La Fuente petitioned the state for a recount and face a deadline of 4:30 p.m. today to come up with the money. The Elections Commission yesterday directed agency staff to assess the full fee to both candidates unless they each submit payment for one-half of the cost.

Stein’s campaign had previously estimated the fee would be $1.1 million, not counting attorney fees. It had raised almost $6.4 million by last night for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

De La Fuente’s campaign, meanwhile, did not return a call yesterday asking how he would cover his share of the cost.

For the recount to go forward, one or both of the candidates would have to pay the nearly $3.5 million fee.

See Stein’s fundraising page for the recounts:

https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount


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