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November29,2016

From:Phillip,Complainant

Tallahassee,FL32303
()
To:OfficeofGeneralCounsel
FederalElectionCommission
999EStreet,N.W.
Washington,D.C.20463
RE:COMPLAINTAGAINSTJILLSTEINANDJILLSTEINFORPRESIDENT

COMPLAINTAGAINSTJILLSTEINANDJILLSTEINFORPRESIDENTFOR
ACCEPTINGFOREIGNCONTRIBUTIONSINHERCAMPAIGN

IbelieveDr.JillStein,and/orhercampaign,JillSteinforPresident(hereinafter,JSFP),
Respondents,areusingfundsdonatedtoherpresidentialcampaigntoconductactivitiesforthe
campaign,wheresomeofthosefundslikelyoriginatedfromnonU.S.citizensinforeign
countries.IbelievethisisaviolationofcampaignfinancerulesoutlinedbytheFEC.
Furthermore,uponinformationandbelief,IfeelthatRespondentsetouttomisleaddonorsinto
believingtheywereonlydonatingtohelpfundrecountefforts,laterclarifyingthatthemoney
wasgoingtobereservedbyhercampaignforthefuture,iftherecountsprovedtobeunderher
budgetorcostlessthantheamountraised.Ibelievethisbecauseafterthedonationswebsitehad
exceededitsoriginalstatedgoalof$2.5million,itwasupdatedtoanewgoal$4.5millionand
thenlater,$7million,andJSFPaddedseveraldisclaimers123tohersiteindicatingthatmonies
receivedinexcessofwhatisrequiredfortherecountscouldbeusedforotherpurposesinthe
future.Inapproximatelyoneday,hercampaignraisedmoremoneyfortherecounteffortsthan
shehadraisedforherentirepresidentialrun.4Seealso,http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016
1125/mysteriouscasejillsteinssurgingrecountcostsforanadditionalsummaryofother
1OriginalrecountpagefromNovember23,$87,122.13raisedat10:21pm:ElectionIntegritydependsonYOU!RecountsinMI,PA,&
WI
TheStein/BarakaGreenPartyCampaignislaunchinganefforttoensuretheintegrityofourelections.Withyourhelp,weareraisingmoneyto
demandrecountsinWisconsin,Michigan,andPennsylvaniathreestateswherethedatasuggestsasignificantneedtoverifymachinecounted
votetotals.
Thisefforttoensureelectionintegrityisinyourhands!Weneedtoraiseover$2millionbythisFriday,4pmcentral.Intruegrassroots
fashion,wereturningtoyou,thepeople,andnotbigmoneycorporatedonorstomakethishappen.
YourimmediatesupportiscrucialPleasedonatenowandsharewidely.
https://web.archive.org/web/20161123205129/https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

changesinherwebsite,aswellasstrangefactssurroundingthestatedcampaigngoalsand
attorneysfeesshesaidwouldbeneeded(articleoriginallyaccessedonNovember29,2016).
Thereisoneadditionalarticleclaimingthatabotwashelpingensurefundswentintoher
donationaccountintheamountofapproximately$160,000perhouronthehourduringthefirst
hoursoftherecountfundraisingeffort.Icannotvouchforthereliabilityoftheauthor,or
substantiallyverifythisinformationtobetrueorfalse,soIamsubmittingthereferencetoyou
foryourconsiderationandpotentialinvestigation(http://alexanderhiggins.com/sorosbot
fundingsteinrecountcampaignsteadyrate160kperhour/):

2EditedrecountpagewithnewdisclaimeronNovember24,at12:41amapproximately2hourslater($780,759.00raised):Wehopeto
dorecountsinallthreestates.Ifweonlyraisesufficientmoneyfortwo,wewilldemandrecountsintwostates.Ifweonlyraiseenoughmoney
forone,wewilldemandarecountinonestate.Ifwedonotraiseenoughforanyrecount(whichishighlyunlikely)wepledgetousethemoney
forelectionintegrityeffortsandtopromotesystemicvotingsystemreform.
https://web.archive.org/web/20161124001441/https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

3Additionaleditedrecountpagewithnewgoalof$4.5million,onNovember24at10:49pm($4,005,993.85raised):Becauseofyou,the
firstrecountisfunded.Wehavetwomoretogo!
AllmoneyraisedgoestowardrecountsinWisconsin,MichiganandPennsylvania.Wehopetodorecountsinallthreestates.Ifweonlyraise
sufficientmoneyfortwo,wewilldemandrecountsintwostates.Ifweonlyraiseenoughmoneyforone,wewilldemandarecountinone
state.Wecannotguaranteearecountwillhappeninanyofthesestateswearetargeting.Wecanonlypledgewewilldemandrecountsinthose
states.
Ifweraisemorethanwhat'sneeded,thesurpluswillalsogotowardelectionintegrityeffortsandtopromotevotingsystemreform.
https://web.archive.org/web/20161124204917/https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

AccordingtothepostdonationstoJillSteinselectionrecountcampaignarebeingmadeatasteadyrate
of$160,000onthehoureveryhouroftheday.
Theconstantrateofdonation,24hoursaday,suggestthatacomputerprogramisbeingusedtopostthe
donationsasopposedtorealpeoplemakinggrassrootsdonation.
However,thedonationsarebeingreportedasgrassrootsdonationsfromamyriadofonlinesupporters
tohelpherverifytheintegrityoftheelection.
However,ifrealindividualsareinfactmakingtheactualdonationstheyrateofthedonationsshould
dropovernightwheninternettrafficislow.
Therateshouldthensteadilypickupduringthecourseofthedayupandthenculminateduringthe
internetrushhourwhenusagepeaks,whichisusuallybetween7and11PM.

Sincethisrecounteffortwasinitiated,JillSteinhaspubliclyclaimedthattheaverage
contributiontohercampaignwas$45,andthattheseareallgrassrootsdonations.Additionally,
sheclaimsthatthereareover130,000contributionsfromaroundthecountry.
Intruegrassrootsfashion,wereturningtoyou,thepeople,andnotbigmoneycorporatedonorsto
make this happen. We have received over 130,000 donations averaging $45 each from supporters
aroundthecountry.

(https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount originallyaccessedonNovember29,2016at10:39
am CST). As of the time of this writing, the amount raised by JSFP for the recount is
$6,440,436.00.Uponhittingrefreshonthiswebpageat11:10amCST,anadditional$5,000had
beenraisedinamatterofminutes,with$6,445,441.00total.
Ascitizenswhoareconcernedwiththeintegrityoftheelections,severalofmycontactsandI
havebeengoingthroughthepubliclistofdonors.Muchtoourdismay,wediscoveredthatDr.
Steinisapparentlyacceptingmoneyfrompeopleinforeigncountries.Wefeelthattheinfluence
ofmoneyfromforeigndonorsunderminestheU.S.electoralprocess.

RESPONDENTSINTENT:
FoxNewsarticleoriginallyaccessedonNovember29,2016:GreenPartypresidentialcandidateJillSteinhauledin$4.8milliontohelpfinance
recounteffortsinthreestates,afigurethateclipsedthefundraisingtotalforherentirepresidentialcampaign.ByFridaymorning,thefundraising
effortwasnearing$5million,afigurethatexceededthe$3,509,477reportedonSteinsfinalOctober19campaignfinancereport.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/25/jillsteinraisesmorefundsforrecountthanentirepresidentialcampaign.html

OnNovember23rd,Dr.JillSteinbegansolicitingdonationstohercampaignonline,including
viaherTwitteraccount,tosupporthereffortforrecountsinthreestatesthatwenttoher
opponent,DonaldTrump,intheU.S.PresidentialElection.Herstatedgoalwastofilefor
recountsintheStatesofWisconsin,PennsylvaniaandMichigan,althoughitappearsthatshe
mayhavesincemissedherPennsylvaniadeadline,whetherintentionallyorbyaccident.
Dr.Steinsrationalefortherecountisapparentlytomakesurethatnoforeigncountrieshave
interferedwiththeU.S.Presidentialelection,arationalebolsteredbyadmittedlyunverified
claimswhichweremadebytheObamaadministrationand/ortheClintoncampaignregarding
Russianinterferencewithvoterregistrationandtheelection.
However,theFBIandtheDepartmentofHomelandSecuritystatedthatthereisnoevidence
whatsoeverthatanyhackingtookplaceduringtheactualelection.56Inaddition,itisimpossible
forhackingtohaveoccurredinMichigan,whichrunsonpaperballotsandhasnothingeven
connectedtotheinternettobehacked,accordingtoaheadMichiganelectionofficial.7
TheFECwebsiteoutlinesthereasonforthebanonforeigncontributions.8IfJillSteinistobe
believedthatshecaresaboutelectionintegrityandfraud,sheshouldimmediatelyreturnany
donationsreceivedfromnoncitizens.Inlightofthesuspicionsthatforeigncitizenscouldbe
donating,sheshouldaddadisclaimertoherwebsitestatingthatallmoneyaccidentallyreceived
fromforeigncitizenswillbeimmediatelyreturned,sincethisisillegal.Ifshedoesnot
immediatelymakethischange,theFECshouldaudittheintegrityofthesedonationsassoonas
possible.
5
Doyoubelieveforeignhackerscouldhaveaffectedelectionresults?Weareconductingtheserecountsbecauseindependentelectionexperts
havepointedto'statisticalanomalies'inthepresidentialelectionresultsinMichigan,PennsylvaniaandWisconsin.Expertswhohavestudiedour
votingsystemforyearshaveconcludedmanyofourvotingmachinesarehackable.Whetherthesemachineswerehackedbyforeignordomestic
agentswillbedeterminedbyusingthemechanismsavailabletousineachstateweconductarecount.Statisticalanomaliescouldarisethrough
othermeans,aswell.http://www.jill2016.com/hacking

6
TheFBIconfirmedduringthecampaignthathackershadpenetratedtwostatesvoterregistrationsystems.ButwhentheObamaadministration
blamedRussiaforelectionseasoncyberattacks,itsaiditcouldnotdeclarewithconfidencethatRussiahadbeenbehindthevoterdatabase
hacks.TheDepartmentofHomelandSecurityhassaiditsawnoevidenceofvotehackingonElectionDay.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/jillsteinrecountthreestateselectionhacks231814

FACTS:

1. Dr.JillStein(Respondent)isacandidateforPresidentoftheUnitedStatesasamember
ofTheGreenPartyinthe2016generalelection.HercampaignisknownasJillSteinfor
President,orJSFP.JSFPoperatesawebsiteforthecampaignwhichhasbeenusedto
communicatewiththepublicaboutRespondentscampaign,solicitelectronically
processeddonationsforthecampaign,andissuepressreleasestothepublic,bothbefore
andaftertheelectiontookplace.(http://www.jill2016.com/)
2. OnNovember23rd,2016,Respondentannouncedthatshewaschallengingtheresultsof
theelectioninthestateofWisconsinbyrequestingarecountofthevotesinthatstate.At
thesametime,Respondentannouncedthatthecampaignrequireddonationstohelppay
forthatrecounteffort.SinceWisconsinstatelawrequiresthecandidatescampaignsto
payfortherecounts,thecampaignwouldrequiremoredonatedfundssubjecttoFEC
rulestosupportthiseffort.TheJSFPwebsitesolicitedthesedonationsthroughthesame
website,underthesamecampaigndisclaimer.(https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount)
3. Becauseofthewaythewebsiteisdesigned,anyonewhodonatesmoneytothecampaign
isabletoannouncethattheydonatedmoneythroughvarioussocialmediaplatforms,
includingTwitter.Asmanythousandsofpeoplebegantoannouncetheirdonationstothe
recounteffort,IbegantonoticethatseveralpeoplewhoseTwitteraccountsclaimto
originateinforeigncountrieswereannouncingthatthey,too,donatedtotheJSFP
campaign.Incheckingsomeofthenamesassociatedwiththosetwitteraccounts,
7

USAToday,Michiganelectionsofficialcastsdoubtonvotehackingconcerns:ChrisThomas,thedirectorofMichigan'sBureauof
Elections,saidMichigandoesn'tusetheelectronicvotingmachinesidentifiedinthereportasbeingthesourcesofpotentialhacking.
"Weareanentirepaperandopticalscanstate,"ThomastoldtheonWednesday."NothingisconnectedtotheInternet."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nationnow/2016/11/23/michiganelectionsofficialcastsdoubtvotehackingconcerns/94360074/,
originallyaccessedonNovember29,2016.

TheProhibition:TheFederalElectionCampaignAct(FECA)prohibitsanyforeignnationalfromcontributing,donatingorspendingfundsin
connectionwithanyfederal,state,orlocalelectionintheUnitedStates,eitherdirectlyorindirectly.Itisalsounlawfultohelpforeignnationals
violatethatbanortosolicit,receiveoracceptcontributionsordonationsfromthem.Personswhoknowinglyandwillfullyengageinthese
activitiesmaybesubjecttofinesand/orimprisonment.http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/foreign.shtml

backgroundinformationonseveraloftheindividualsmadeitevenmoreapparentthat
theyare,infact,residinginforeigncountries.Aswell,someofthoseindividualslikely
arenotU.S.citizensduetostatementseithermadebythemselves,publishedbiographies,
placesofemployment,etc.Sinceitcannotbeverifiedatthistimebyaprivatecitizen
suchasmyselfwithcertaintywhoallisacitizenandwhoallisnot,alistwascompiled
ofasmanyquestionableTwitteraccountsinforeigncountriesthatmaybelongtonon
U.S.citizenswhodonatedtoJSFPcampaignaswewereabletotrackdown,withthe
intentionofhandingthislisttosomeonewiththecapabilityofverifyingcitizenship,and
enforcingourlaws.
4. Duringthefundraisingeffortsfortherecount,JSFPupdateditsfundraisinggoalfromthe
original$2.5millionestimate,to$4.5million,andthenlater,a$7millionestimate.This
updatewasmadeevenbeforeWisconsinannouncedtoJSFPhowmuchtherecounteffort
wasestimatedtocost.JSFPupdatedtheirrecounteffortstoincludePennsylvaniaand
Michigan,inadditiontotheoriginalrecounteffortinWisconsin.
5. OnMonday,November28th,2016,Pennsylvaniaannouncedthatthefilingdatetorequest
arecounthadalreadyexpiredasofNovember21st,2016.9Steinisnowsuingtotryand
getthisrecount,despiteherapparentlackofplanningandknowledgeandabilitytohire
attorneyswiththemillionsdonatedtohercampaignforthiseffort.10
SUPPORTINGDOCUMENTATION:

WashingtonExaminer,PennsylvaniaStateDepartmentsaysSteinmissedrecountdeadline:"AccordingtoWandaMurren,spokeswoman
forthePennsylvaniaDepartmentofState,"thePhiladelphiaInquirerreportedMonday,"thedeadlineforavoterinitiatedrecountwasMonday,
Nov.21."
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pennsylvaniastatedepartmentsayssteinmissedrecountdeadline/article/2608305,originallyaccessed
November29,2016.

10

Philly.com,SteincampaignfilesPennsylvaniarecountsuit:http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/realtime/Despitesuccessfulfundraising
effortrecountofPennsylvaniaremainsdifficult.html,originallyaccessedNovember29,2016.

Includedwiththiscomplaintisacopyofthespreadsheet(SeeExhibitA,attached)wherewe
recordedtheknown,publiclyvisibledetailsoftheTwitteraccountsbelongingtopossiblenon
U.S.citizensinforeigncountrieswhoclaimtohavedonatedtoJSFPrecountfundraiser.With
eachindividualaccount,anincludedlinktoawebarchiveoftheirpublicstatementannouncing
thattheydonatedtoJSFP,aswellasawebarchiveoftheirmainprofilepagesonTwitter,which
listtheirallegedlocations.BecauseTwitterallowsuserstoremainprivate,thislistislikelyonly
apartiallistofthosewhoareclaimingtohavedonated,anditwouldbeimpossibleforsomeone
suchasmyselftoaccessallofthem.
ThisspreadsheetalsoincludeswebarchivelinkstoJSFPrecountpageshowingthatthefunding
goalschangedanddisclaimerschanged.
Copiesoforiginal,firsthandvisualevidencehavebeensafeguardedforthefutureviaprinting
bymultiplepartiesinterestedinaddingtheirnamesascomplainantsviaaddenda,andmany
others,inanefforttopreventcorporatecensorship,obstructionofjusticethroughdeletionor
editing,orotherwiseanyformofonlinetamperingwithanywebsiteswherewehavesourcedour
information,whetheronthepartofthecampaign,theownersofthesourcedwebsites,orthe
Twitteraccountholdersthemselves.

REMEDY:

TheRespondentshouldberequiredtoimmediatelysubmitasupplementalreportregardingher
campaignfinancestoclarifythesourcesofthesecontributions.TheFECshouldrequestthatthe
JSFPcampaignandJillSteinimmediatelyceaseanyandallrecounteffortsuntilsuchtimeasthe
integrityofthedonorstohercampaigncanbeconfirmed.Allotherpenalties,remediesor
sanctionsallowablebylawshouldbeenforced.
Towit,I,the,undersigned,submittheforegoingcomplaintandattachedsupporting
documentationagainstJillSteinandhercampaign,JillSteinforPresident.

Respectfullysubmitted,

______________________
Phillip

StaffSergeant,U.S.Army(Retired)
Complainant

EXHIBITA:

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