Category: Green Party
Green Party Nominee Stein Reaches Fundraising Goal for Recount in Two US States
| November 25, 2016 | 7:54 pm | Analysis, Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments
17:59 25.11.2016(updated 01:18 26.11.2016)
Recounts in two of the three US battleground states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, are funded, according to a message on the Green Party’s presidential nominee Jill Stein’s campaign website.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Green Party’s presidential nominee Jill Stein has reached her funding goal for recounts in two of the three US battleground states she wanted to contest, a message on her campaign website said on Friday. “Because of you, recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are funded,” the message stated. “Next up is Michigan.” Stein’s recount effort has raised $4,760,813 of the stated $7 million needed for a recount in all three states. On Friday, the campaign will file for the recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, Stein’s campaign website added. The deadline for recount in Pennsylvania is Monday, and Michigan’s recount filing deadline is Wednesday. On Wednesday, Stein launched an online fundraising campaign to gather donations to pay recount fees after a group of hackers had called on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to request recount in the three key election states. US President-elect Donald Trump won in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, but the race in Michigan is still too close to call even though the election was held more than two weeks ago. Stein did not receive more than 1.5 percent of the vote in any of the three states.

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Wisconsin receives Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions
| November 25, 2016 | 7:41 pm | Analysis, Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments

Jill Stein © Dominick Reuter
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received a vote recount petition from Green Party’s Jill Stein, now running a fundraising campaign to cover recount costs in three swing states. Reform Party USA’s Rocky de la Fuente also filed a similar petition.

“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates,” Administrator Michael Haas said in a statement.

The Elections Commission has assembled an internal team to direct the recount and arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Haas said.

“We plan to hold a teleconference meeting for county clerks next week and anticipate the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating,” he added.

Stein is running a fundraising campaign to collect $7 million, which would cover recount costs in three swing states of  Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The deadline to file recount petitions in Pennsylvania is Monday, while Wednesday is the last day to do so in Michigan.

Stein received  31,006 votes across Wisconsin’s 72 counties. In her petition, she requested “a hand recount of all ballots in all wards in the State of Wisconsin,” alleging “evidence of voter irregularities” and “widespread breach.”

The Electoral Commission has also received a similar recount petition Reform Party USA’s Rocky de la Fuente has filed a similar recount as he received 1,514 votes.

De La Fuente wrote in his petition that “a mistake or fraud” was committed “in the counting and return of votes cast.”

The state is going to complete the recount within a federal deadline of December 13, Haas said, stressing that the process is very “detail-oriented” and that such limited time “will certainly challenge some counties.”

Stein has addressed her supporters on Facebook, asking them  or anyone they know living in the state “to consider volunteering to help in the recount process.”

Meanwhile, donations to Stein keep rolling in; she has surpassed $5.2 million as of Friday evening. After meeting her goal of raising $4.5 million in just over 24 hours, the Green Party’s nominee raised the goal to $7 million.

“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,” she said.

In case the recounts don’t happen, Stein vowed that any “surplus will also go toward election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform.” However, she did not specify what those efforts would be.

Jill Stein raises over $3mn in 24hrs for vote recount in swing states
| November 24, 2016 | 7:07 pm | Analysis, Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments

Jill Stein © Dominick Reuter
The Green Party’s 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised over $3.8 million in less than 24 hours to fund vote recounts in swing states Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Stein is nearing her overall goal of $4.5 million to cover the recount costs in all three states, and so far the Wisconsin funding has been completed in time to meet the recount filing deadline of November 25.

Funding for Pennsylvania’s recount is also well underway, where the deadline for filing for a recount is Monday. The fundraising site says that after meeting Pennsylvania’s cost goals, the team will turn its attention to Michigan, which has a Wednesday deadline.

Stein, who won about 1.2 million votes in the presidential election, launched an online fundraising campaign Wednesday in an effort to “ensure the integrity of our elections” and “demand recounts in these three states where the data suggest a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.”

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Stein says the $4.5 million in funds is required by state law to cover “filing fees alone” and claims the total cost including attorney fees is likely to reach $6-7 million.

Together, the three states carry a total of 46 electoral votes, and Trump would have to lose all three in the recount for them to impact the presidential result. Stein’s fundraising success has prompted mixed responses on social media, with some people suggesting the move undemocratic in refusing to accept the results as they stand, or is it too late to be effective.

Others poked fun at the situation through memes or by suggesting moments they would have sought a vote recall.

EXCLUSIVE: Jill Stein Tells Sputnik About Vote Recount Campaign
| November 24, 2016 | 6:41 pm | Analysis, Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments
21:55 24.11.2016(updated 00:39 25.11.2016)
Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate in the 2016 US presidential race, has raised over $3.7 million in just over a day in an effort to force a vote recount in the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Stein offered details about the motivations behind her effort. On Wednesday, the Stein campaign announced that it had begun raising funds for the three state recount in what it said was a “multi-partisan effort to check the accuracy of the machine-counted vote tallies in these states in order to ensure the integrity of our elections.” Stein cited a host of concerns brought to her by voters, computer scientists, and voting systems professionals as the reason for filing for the recount. Her announcement follows on recent reporting that the Clinton campaign was also considering filing similar hand-count recounts and forensic analyses of electronic voting in the same states. Stein’s online campaign has spread like wildfire, and has already raised well over the $2.2 million formally needed to file for a recount in the three key states ahead of deadlines on November 25, 28 and 30. Other costs associated with the recount, including attorney’s fees and statewide recount observers are expected to run anywhere from $6-7 million. Accordingly, Stein’s campaign is asking for at least $4.5 million, having already raised $3.7 million as of 2 pm EST. That figure officially surpasses the $3.509 million the Green Party candidate raised during her presidential run. Stein received 1.39 million votes, or just over 1% of the popular vote, in the election held earlier this month. Speaking to Brad Friedman, host of Radio Sputnik’s Bradcast, Stein offered details about what it was she was trying to accomplish with her initiative. Simply put, she said that the recount effort is meant to assure voters that their votes were accounted for and counted accurately. “We have to move really fast in order to basically verify the vote and be confident our votes were actually counted, that they weren’t flipped or stripped and that we have a system of elections we can believe in,” the candidate explained. Stein said that her “interest as a citizen, as a person in America, that the vote be valid,” is what’s driving the effort from her end. “Why would anyone in their right mind not want to have secure and verified vote? In a very vicious, hotly contested election that used hack-friendly voting machines, in a hack-riddled election, we deserve some confidence in the outcome of this election,” she said. “I’m responding to a [group] of people…observers and advocates, both experts and just ordinary citizens, who feel like this is unacceptable and that these machines as a baseline is not the way we should be voting.” “Then there are allegations of voting irregularities that I cannot testify to myself – as I understand these are rather debatable grey zones at this point. But I think there is plenty of evidence to say that we deserve confidence in our voting system,” she added. Stein stressed that it’s actually an “outrage we have to go to extraordinary lengths to verify the vote.” “This is something we shouldn’t have to ask a recount for. We shouldn’t have to spend a million dollars in Wisconsin alone in order to be confident of our vote. The tragedy is that this is not built into our voting system – that 25% of Americans vote on these electronic machines that have no paper record whatsoever. This is really a mockery of democracy – one of many incredible vulnerabilities of our democracy and our elections.” Ultimately, Stein suggested that “if ever there was a time to stand up and demand an accountable and secure vote, this is the time to do it. If we don’t do it now, when exactly – what would be the cause to do it?” Stein noted that “it feels really good to be standing up right now and to be surrounded by so many people who say that it’s time for us to take control of our democracy, to use the resources that we have right now to stand up – to give ourselves a gift on this Thanksgiving and have something to be thankful for…” The Green Party plans to hold a conference in Washington, DC in February devoted to the 2016 election, including the concepts and issues of verified voting, rank choice voting, the Electoral College and opening up the debates to more independent candidates.

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Voting system prone to mistakes & malfeasance – Jill Stein on 2016 recount (EXCLUSIVE)

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The 2016 election results for three states are in doubt, and an effort led by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein is raising millions of dollars for a vote recount.

The Green Party has a fundraising goal of more than $2 million to challenge the vote counts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where President-elect Donald Trump has been declared the winner or, in the case of Michigan, where he is leading an ongoing count.

“We’re calling for a paper count to validate the machine count,” Stein clarified to RT.

“The Green Party has actually taken a lead role in safeguarding our election system for many years,” Stein added.

“It also puts the Green Party on the map as the leadership that the American people are looking for,” she said. “In this extremely toxic and sick election, we’re taking steps to actually redress some of the really grave concerns about this election.”

The three states carry a total of 46 electoral votes, and Trump would have to lose all three states for the presidential election result to change, something no one is predicting.

The campaign manager for Stein’s presidential run, David Cobb, took to Facebook to promote the recount effort via video message. More than $2 million is needed to meet filing fees, not including legal and processing fees, to facilitate recounts in the three states. Wisconsin alone requires $1 million to file for a recount, and its deadline is Friday, November 25. Pennsylvania’s deadline is Monday, and Michigan’s deadline is next Wednesday.

The three states carry a total of 46 electoral votes, and Trump would have to lose all three states for the presidential election result to change, something no one is predicting.

The 2016 Election Debacle: What Was the Message of the US Working Class?


By James Thompson

According to the website , here is how the popular vote shakes out:


Donald Trump

Republican Party








Hillary Clinton

Democratic Party







Gary Johnson

Libertarian Party







Jill Stein

Green Party






Other candidates  




What does this mean?

The US working class made strong statements in this election. However, few people got the messages.

For many years, the US working class has allied itself without question to the Democratic Party. This year, something different happened. Let’s cut the cards according to the issues, rather than the despicable, confusing bourgeois candidates.

  1. War with Russia

Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein all opposed the Obama strategy of deepening the war on Syria. All the above candidates in one way or another opposed the risk of war with Russia over Syria. Only secretary Clinton advocated continuing the Obama policy of confrontation with Russia and Syria. 51% of voters in the US stated by their votes that they oppose war with Russia and continued efforts to depose President Assad of Syria. This means that 65,668,258 people voted for peace and 60,839,922 voted for continued war. It appears that peace has a mandate.

  1. Women’s rights

Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein all advocate for women’s rights. Donald Trump has made many disparaging comments regarding women which suggest he is a sexist misogynist. 52% of voters in the US stated by their votes that they favor women’s rights. This means that 66,215,322 people voted to support women’s rights. It appears that women’s rights has a mandate.

  1. Opposition to Donald Trump

52.7% of the population voted against Donald Trump in his bid to become POTUS. 67,039,872 people voted against Donald Trump. 60,265,858 people voted for Donald Trump. Clearly, Donald Trump does not have a mandate. 52.7% of the population oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s misogynist, racist, xenophobic, chauvinistic platform and policies.

  1. Climate change

Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein all recognize the serious issue of climate change facing the world. Only Donald Trump denies the importance of climate change. This means that 52% of voters in the US are mindful of the seriousness of global climate change. 66,215,322 voters recognize that climate change is a serious issue, whereas only 60,065,858 voters are oblivious to the devastating effects of climate change. Concern over climate change has a mandate.

  1. The US Electoral System Is Rigged

Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein recognize that the US electoral system is rigged. Only Hillary Clinton maintains that the US electoral system is functioning properly. However, even Hillary Clinton seems to have some reservations about the intervention of the FBI in the outcome of the general election. Even discounting Ms. Clinton’s reservations, 51% of voters made a statement that the US electoral system is rigged. 65,668,258 voters agreed with Donald Trump that the US electoral system is rigged, whereas 60,839,922 were unclear about the fairness of the US electoral system. It is clear that voters recognize the unfairness of the US electoral system. The exposure of the rottenness of the electoral system is obvious and can never be retracted.

Although some pundits have pronounced that the US working class is dead politically, nothing seems further from the truth. The US working class has made strong statements for peace, women’s rights, opposition to fascism, support for efforts to reverse climate change, and support for real change in the US electoral system. Anyone listening?

Lookout for the Green Party in Maine, New York, Minnesota & Texas – Campaign manager for Jill Stein
| November 8, 2016 | 4:01 am | Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments