Green Party nominee Jill Stein appeared to have met her initial fundraising goal early Thursday for recounts of the vote in three key swing states that went to Donald Trump — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to NBC News.
However, she quickly raised the sum being sought by another $2 million. "Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing," a message on her website read.
The Green Party did not single out any specific evidence of fraud, nor does it need proof of irregularities to call for a recount. Stein's party won only 1% of the vote.
"After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many Americans to wonder if our election results are reliable," Stein said on Wednesday. "These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust."
According to the New York Daily News, Stein's camp launched the #RECOUNT2016 fundraiser Wednesday, as Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead against Donald Trump surpassed 2 million. Less than 24 hours later, the Green Party nominee's fundraiser had smashed the monetary glass ceiling.
The Green Party nominee's successful fund-raiser comes a week after a prominent group of election lawyers and computer scientists informed the Hillary Clinton campaign that they had found something fishy about voter turnouts in the three hotly contested swing states.
For instance, Clinton's vote count in Wisconsin precincts that used electronic machines was down 7% as compared to counties that relied on paper ballots. The group has not presented any tangible evidence for voting machine fraud, but said the suspicious findings are enough for an independent review.
The report prompted a massive social media response, and over 180,000 people had signed an "audit the vote" petition by early Thursday, the Daily News reported.
An updated statement on the website read, "First recount funded. Two more to go! Congratulations on meeting the recount costs for Wisconsin. Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organizing. Now that we have nearly completed funding Wisconsin's recount (which is due on Friday), we can begin to tackle the funding for Michigan's recount (due Monday) and Pennsylvania's recount (due Wednesday)."