Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine fired back at progressive activists on Monday who have been raising money to oust the senator in the event she votes affirmatively to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins told Newsmax. “If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors. If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race.”
Collins was referring to the joint effort by Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership to crowdfund in an attempt to compel the senator to vote against Kavanaugh. The campaign, called “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent,” has currently raised over $1.0 million, with a goal of $1.3 million. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham Tells Dems: ‘If You Want To Pick Judges … Win An Election’)
The money will be disbursed and used to defeat her when she is up for re-election in the event that she votes to confirm Kavanaugh, according to the crowdfunding page. If she votes to oppose the confirmation, the money will be returned to the donors.
The campaign has been pushed by left-wing activists across the country, including anti-gun activist David Hogg, reported The Washington Times.
“This effort will not influence my vote at all,” Collins continued. “I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped.”
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