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Crowdfunding campaign tied to Collins' vote on Kavanaugh surpasses $1 million

12 September 2018, 05:53 | Justin Tyler

This senator might vote for Kavanaugh. So activists sent her 3000 coat hangers.

Sen. Susan Collins arrives at the Kennedy Center for a tribute concert for Sen. Edward Kennedy on Mar. 8 2009 in Washington DC

For liberals concerned about what a seat for Kavanaugh would do to the court, Collins has been both a source of limited hope and frustration, expressing concerns about threats to Roe vs. Wade, while consulting with the Trump administration through the selection process.

Last month activist Ady Barkan set up a CrowdPac campaign to raise money that will be donated to the future opponent of Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins, if and only if she chooses to vote to confirm Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

And Kavanaugh, given the slight majority Republicans presently hold in the Senate, will most likely be confirmed.

According to Collins, she is also facing a form of blackmail from a left-wing activist who raised $1 million in a crowd funding campaign.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is one of two pro-choice Republicans in the U.S. Senate, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Sen. Collins recently told the Portland Press-Herald Friday that she remains undecided on whether she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.


Here are five US senators who could either make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

Like Collins, Murkowski voted against the American Health Care Act but voted to confirm Gorsuch-and like Collins, Murkowski is part of the pro-abortion rights minority in the GOP. And Kavanaugh is so anti-choice that he even refers to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs".

Another Senate Democrat who voted for Gorsuch and is seeking reelection in 2018 is Indiana's Joe Donnelly.

The Planned Parenthood ads going up on Wednesday include women from a focus group conducted of swing voters in ME explaining their concerns about Kavanaugh and why they believe Collins should oppose him.

All are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016 and are caught between pressure from within their party to oppose Kavanaugh and a desire not to anger and mobilize conservative voters in their home states ahead of the November elections. "Collins' opponent, in exchange for her vote on a specific matter before the Congress".

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is also a red-state Democrat who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation and is up for reelection this year. While other Democratic senators have been vocal in their opposition to Kavanaugh, Heitkamp met with him for about 75 minutes in August and issued an official statement saying she was weighing the decision carefully.



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