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Stein campaign says it's raised enough to fund Wisconsin recount

The campaign of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says it's raised enough money to cover a recount of Wisconsin's presidential vote.

Stein also dramatically upped her original fundraising goal to cover recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, while warning costs could be even higher once attorney fees are figured in.

Stein's first appeal sought $2 million by Friday for the recounts, and a tracker on a campaign website showed she'd raised nearly $3.8 million by early Thursday afternoon with a new goal of $4.5 million.

Her campaign estimates it would cost $1.1 million to seek a recount in Wisconsin with a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday to file the request. The campaign projects another $500,000 in Pennsylvania and $600,000 in Michigan.

But the site now says that is just for filing costs with attorney fees likely to be another $2 million to $3 million. The site now says overall costs could top $6 million to $7 million.

Stein's site also warns, "We cannot guarantee a recount will happen in any of these states we are targeting. We can only pledge we will demand recounts in those states."

The site goes on to say if more is raised than what's needed, "the surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform."

According to numbers posted at the FEC site, Stein's presidential campaign had a little more than $3.5 milion in receipts between Jan. 1, 2015, and Oct. 19. The next round of fundraising reports, which cover the final weeks of the campaign, are due next month.

-- By JR Ross


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