Skip to comments.Collins: Anti-Kavanaugh opponents trying to ‘buy votes and buy positions’
Posted on 10/07/2018 4:25:11 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday criticized the Maine progressive groups that have pledged millions of dollars to her 2020 opponent in opposition to her vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Collins on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday called the crowdfunding effort an attempt to "buy votes and buy positions." She said it did not influence her decision to vote in Kavanaugh's favor.
"This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws," Collins said. "They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, two million plus dollars is going to go to my opponent."
"I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place," she said.
The groups began fundraising several weeks ago, hoping to encourage Collins, a Republican swing vote, to vote "no" on Kavanaugh over his record on women's rights. The crowdfunding effort was supercharged by Collins' hesitance in the face of the allegations of sexual misconduct against the high court pick.
The effort hit $3 million in contributions over the weekend even as Collins voted "yes" on Kavanaugh. He was confirmed as a justice on Saturday.
The campaign was organized by Be A Hero Team, Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership.
They say their goal is to get her out of office when she is up for reelection in 2020, given her vote for Kavanaugh.
"Maine deserves a Senator who would recoil at the idea of confirming a proven liar, an emotionally unstable partisan, to the Supreme Court," the groups said in a statement last week. "Maine deserves a Senator who will believe survivors, who will listen to their stories, and who will represent them with honor. Susan Collins is no longer capable of that."
Collins has previously called the effort a "bribe."
The campaign in September said in a statement to The Hill that Collins' claims of bribery were "politics as its worst."
"We absolutely have the right to prepare to unseat her given everything Judge Kavanaugh would do on the Supreme Court to make life worse for Maine women, Mainers with pre-existing conditions and Mainers who care about fabric of our democracy," Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, said in a statement to The Hill.
Though some have floated the possibility of challenging Collins, no one has officially announced a campaign to oppose her.
Wake up Collins. The dems and their enablers are evil.
I think Susan Collins and a lot of the (hopefully, former) go along to get along GOPers are getting a real eye-opener now that theyre the targets of this insane Dem behavior.
DOJ needs to open investigations into these funds....
More major RAT hypocrisy. Funny hearing them accuse ANYONE of trying to BUY VOTES AND POSITIONS. But this is old tactics out of the old and tired RAT playbook...
Is Jeff Sessions on the case, or not?
Senator Collins surprised me with her vote.
Is RBG alert and active for all the SCOTUS sessions?
Two peas in the pod...
So, what were they going to do with the money if she voted 'no'? Buy her a pony?
They are legally free to fund her opponent, as long as they are within the law for hard and soft money. There is no bribery, unless they were going to just hand over the fundraising if she voted 'no.
Do go fund me contributions meet the legal requirements for campaign contribution reporting? I think they do not.
Is he on any case ?
Its interesting how Feinstein proved herself to be so incredibly evil while Collins came through showing some integrity
Wake up and smell the coffee.
Bet she still thinks the Democrat Senators are her friends.......
Sessions needs to task a US Attorney with the job of empaneling a fact-finding grand jury to investigate the funding and coordination of this attack on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
It was rather obvious from the conspicuous number of hand delivered communications that were observed going to Democratic members of the Judiciary committee, that various parties in this effort had an eye on avoiding mail fraud and wife fraud culpability.
My guess is there is plenty of civil RICO liability out there for the folk who were behind this. Once you develop the facts, you can indict normally. Leave Dr. Ford standing, so that you cannot be accused of blaming the victim, but take down all those around her who facilitated this charade. I’m sure that several DC law and PR firms have their fingerprints all over this.
Replace her with a conservative Republican, instead!
But I also read that after the confirmation vote, Mitch McConnell assured susan Collins that her re-election campaign would be well funded.
From personal experience all I can say is once one sees the evil it's hard to unsee and go back to denial with these anti American liars, grifters, and thieves and their many useful idiots that parrot them.
Mitch McConnel was asked about this and casually replied that Sen. Collins would not lack for campaign funds for her next campaign.
“Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership.”
Any bets they can be traced directly to a Brock office or an affiliate?
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