Stein campaign denies illegal coordination

MADISON, Wis. - Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is pushing back against charges from Wisconsin Republicans that she illegally coordinated with Democrat Hillary Clinton to raise money for recounts in three states.

The state Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. The complaint comes the day before the scheduled start of the recount of Wisconsin's vote, won by Republican Donald Trump by less than 1 percentage point.

The complaint contends that Clinton is the only person who could benefit from a recount and that she appears to have illegally helped Stein raise nearly $7 million for the recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Spokeswomen for Stein and Clinton's campaigns did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a statement Wednesday that "The recount effort is non-partisan and Stein is not coordinating with any other campaign."

Cobb said, "Any allegations to the contrary are fabrications." He said the Wisconsin Republican Party's complaint to the Federal Elections Commission "is nothing but a PR stunt to push a false narrative that will ultimately have no impact on the recount in Wisconsin."

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