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Two political action campaigns based in Maine have raised almost $1 million dollars to pledge to a Democratic opposer of Sen. Susan Collins in 2020 if she votes to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Currently, Collins is looking to run unopposed in the next election. But organizers of the crowdfund campaign are hoping the money can entice a resistor.
The goal of the campaign, run by Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership, is to raise $1,302,388 before Collins goes to vote. The goal is based on the $1.3 million Collins currently has in her re-election budget. Over 35,000 people have contributed to the over $997,000 raised so far.
Watch the message Mainers have for Collins:
“The people of Maine are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins,” the PAC website reads. “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 campaign promises to return every dollar to donors if the Republican senator votes against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Collins, however, claims the threat of funding an opponent won't have an affect on her decision.
“Anybody who thinks these kinds of tactics work doesn’t know Senator Collins,” Annie Clark, Collins’ communications director, told The Daily Beast. “This crowdfunded money to pressure Senator Collins is based on a quid pro quo … It is basically a bribe. These tactics will not work — Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination.”
The Maine senator, who is a target of a “no” vote due to her support of Roe v. Wade, is not ready to publicly announce whether she'll confirm Kavanaugh or not.
“I know it’s frustrating to the press, but until I finish my review I’m going to defer my decision-making,” Collins said. “I have been involved in confirmation hearings for six Supreme Court justices. I have always waited until hearings are done and until I have reviewed the paperwork and cases.”