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Green Party VP Candidate: DNC Should Address Its Own Dysfunction, Not Russiagate
| December 20, 2017 | 8:15 pm | Green Party, Jill Stein, political struggle | No comments
Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein answers questions from members of the media during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Green Party VP Candidate: DNC Should Address Its Own Dysfunction, Not Russiagate

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Rather than continuing to look outside for explanations for its failure, the Democratic Party should do some soul searching, Green Party 2016 vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka told Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary.

This week, US Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was requested to comply with a document search by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the latest twist in a mushrooming Russiagate narrative seeking evidence that the Russian government interfered in last year’s US election somehow.

​Stein’s major misdeed — besides, of course, daring to challenge Clinton — was to attend an RT-funded dinner in Russia in November 2015. Stein is accused of allowing Moscow to fund her travel there, a charge she denies.

“I paid my own way to Moscow. They [the Russian government] did not pay for my hotel or expenses and I have the receipts to prove it,” Stein told Alternet.

Baraka, who is also the national organizer for Black Alliance for Peace, told By Any Means Necessary’s hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon that the Senate investigation actually sheds light on hypocrisy in the Democratic National Committee.

“You go to the various urban environments and you see the destitution that black working class people are facing and you see that the obvious reality is that those urban environments are run by corporate Democrats, many of whom are black Democrats. And the neoliberal order is unable to address the needs of these people and more and more people become critical of the system and come to the conclusion that this very system itself cannot work for the people,” Baraka explained.

“The targeting of the Green Party — these are all preemptive moves by the DNC to divert the American people’s attention from the real source of the problems and the contradictions within the DNC. Jill Stein’s statement was pointing to the inherent issues within the so-called democratic process in this country where money rules and corruption has been legitimized.”

Rather than attacking those who point out its shortcomings, the DNC should do some introspection “and provide explanations to why their systems are dysfunctional,” Baraka said.

“The majority of the American people have no faith in either one of the American parties. They have no faith in Congress as a whole,” he added.

Stein released a statement Tuesday saying that while her campaign “strongly supports legitimate inquiry into any illegal activity,” it also “caution[s] against the politicization, sensationalism and collapse of journalistic standards that has plagued media coverage of the investigation.”

“In the current climate of attacks on our civil liberties, with the emergence of censorship in social media and the press, criminalization of protest, militarization of police and massive expansion of the surveillance state, we must guard against the potential for these investigations to be used to intimidate and silence principled opposition to the political establishment,” the statement reads.

In a interview with Alternet, Stein described the investigation into the Green Party as evidence of a “new McCarthyism, which is the flip side of a military madness that is stronger than ever in this country.”

“This is the continuing focus of empire and austerity and the assault on democracy that goes with it. The silver lining is we will get a chance at the microphone. A lot of people will be screaming at us but some people will hear us.”

Baraka suggests that it is time for progressive and radical political movements to harness the power of grassroots organizing to appeal to the many politically disaffected Americans.

Senate Investigation Into Jill Stein Only ‘Criminalizing Diplomacy with Russia’
| December 19, 2017 | 7:21 pm | Green Party, Jill Stein, Russia | No comments
Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein answers questions from members of the media during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Senate Investigation Into Jill Stein Only ‘Criminalizing Diplomacy with Russia’

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On Tuesday, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that she will be cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

“We are cooperating by sharing all communications relevant to the committee’s mission,” Stein wrote in a Facebook post. “We support safeguarding our elections from interference, while at the same time we caution strongly against the targeting of political opposition.”

According to reports, investigators requested documents from Stein’s presidential campaign in order to look into the 67-year-old Chicagoan’s attendance at a 2015 banquet sponsored by RT, a news agency funded by the Russian government.

But to David Cobb, Stein’s 2016 campaign manager, the whole ordeal is simply “an example of a new era of McCarthyism.”

Speaking to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear, Cobb reaffirmed Stein’s commitment to cooperating with the investigation, but doubled down on the notion that the probe has much deeper motives.

“Let’s be clear that the only critique or the concern that folks have seems to be that Jill Stein, as a presidential candidate, went to Moscow and attended a banquet being hosted by RT America, a news agency,” Cobb told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. “Since when has that ever been a problem?”

Fellow guest Max Blumenthal, a journalist who also attended the 2015 event, explained that Stein’s motive for attending was to talk about peace initiatives.

“Jill had an agenda which was to talk about nuclear proliferation and de-escalation in Syria with any official she could meet with,” Blumenthal said. “In the end she only wound up speaking briefly with an official in the Russian Duma… and they discussed her agenda, which she laid out on the Green Party’s website.”

The issue that triggered the Stein probe, Blumenthal speculates, was a photograph that showed Stein seated at the same table as Michael Flynn and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

​”Problem was that after the banquet there was a photograph of Jill seated at a table… with a general who no one knew at the time… they referred to him dismissively as the ‘Obama general,'” Blumenthal said. “This is really the basis of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation.”

Echoing Blumenthal’s sentiments, Cobb said, “we have to come to terms with the fact that we are living in a moment where we are seeing a demonization… an effort to reconstitute ‘communist scare.'”

Blumenthal, who also hosts the “Moderate Rebels” podcast, called Stein’s being caught up in the mushrooming collusion investigation “just collateral damage.”

“The bipartisan investigation, which is also being stimulated by leaks from the national security state, is really aimed at ultimately criminalizing diplomacy with Russia and driving a new cold war, which will be a boom to defense contractors,” Blumenthal said.

Russian officials continue to deny all accusations of interference in the 2016 election.

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

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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

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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.