After budgeting just $1.1mm for the Wisconsin recount, Jill Stein got a bit of shock yesterday when the Wisconsin Election Commission gave her until 4:30pm today to deliver $3.5 million to fund an expedited recount effort in the state or walk away. Now, according to the Washington Post, Stein has just delivered the required sum which is roughly 54% of the $6.5mm she’s raised to date.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has delivered $3.5 million to the state of Wisconsin to guarantee a recount of the presidential vote there.
Stein faced a 4:30 p.m. Central Time deadline to deliver the money so a recount could start Thursday. The Wisconsin Elections Commission says it got a wire transfer shortly before Tuesday’s deadline.
As a reminder, here is the official timeline for the recount per the Wisconsin Election Commission:
Tuesday, the Stein, De La Fuente or both must pay for the recount. Once full payment is received, the commission will issue a recount order to all presidential candidates.
Wednesday, commission staff will hold a teleconference in the morning for all county clerks and canvass members to outline the process and rules of a recount. Since a 24-hour public meeting notice is required for the recount, each county must post its notice by Wednesday.
Thursday, recount begins in every Wisconsin county.
Dec. 12, all county canvass boards must be completed by 8 p.m.
Dec. 13, Elections Commission staff will prepare the official recount canvass certification by 3 p.m.
Of course, all of this comes as Stein’s attorneys spent the day in court trying to force a hand recount which the Wisconsin Election Commission rejected yesterday.
After missing the PA deadline yesterday, miscalculating the Wisconsin recount fee by just over 200% and facing a strong backlash from almost everyone, including those in her own party, we suspect Stein’s 15-minutes of fame are nearing an end.