Collins calls crowdfunding to get her to oppose Kavanaugh a ‘bribe’
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley moves to set up committee vote on Kavanaugh nominationThe partisans’ dilemma: Fix the court, don’t pack the courtMORE (R-Maine) says she is not swayed by crowdfunding aimed at encouraging her to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, comparing the effort to a “bribe.”
“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins told conservative news outlet Newsmax.
Two groups of Maine progressives have pledged to donate up to $1.3 million to Collins’s next opponent if the Maine senator votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Newsmax reported. Collins is not up for reelection until 2020.
Donors have been asked to pledge money against Collins, but their credit cards will only be charged if she votes “yes” on Kavanaugh.
“If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors,” Collins said. “If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race.”
“This effort will not influence my vote at all,” she added. “I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped.”
Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership have teamed up to crowdsource the effort. They had received $987,922 from 35,317 pledges as of Tuesday morning with a goal of $1.3 million.
“The people of Maine are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins,” the crowdfunding page states. “Your swing vote could decide whether a rubber stamp for Trump’s anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-labor agenda gets confirmed to the Supreme Court–costing millions of Americans their healthcare, their right to choose, and their lives.”
The statement warns Collins that the groups intend to “get you out of office” following a “yes” vote.
Though Collins has stated multiple times that efforts by liberal activists will not sway her vote, she has faced a barrage of protests in recent weeks.
Activists have reportedly sent Collins more than 3,000 coat hangers, evoking back-alley abortions, in their efforts to persuade her to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Collins, a centrist Republican, is seen as a swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. She has said she wouldn’t vote to confirm a nominee who was hostile to Roe v. Wade.
After a meeting with Kavanaugh last month, she said she was reassured that the nominee believes Roe v. Wade is “settled law.”
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