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Activists Raise $1M for Eventual Collins Challenger, Depending on Kavanaugh Vote

Planned Parenthood is running a six-figure ad urging the Republican to oppose his nomination.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 12, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

A “group of liberal activists in Maine … raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever decided to challenge” Sen. Susan Collins (R) “in 2020 if she voted for” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “confirmation. If she votes no, the money will never be withdrawn from donors. … The unusual fundraising effort by Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan on the platform Crowdpac had raised more than $1 million by Tuesday.”

“At least one ethics expert … said that it may very well violate federal bribery statutes, which prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes. And Collins issued a sharply worded response through a spokeswoman that called it an attempt at extortion.” (Washington Post)

Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a "six-figure ad buy" on TV and digital on Wednesday featuring a focus group of women urging Collins to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. (release)

Collins said “that she and her staff have been targeted with a barrage of calls, including some using vulgar language and threats to push her to vote against … Kavanaugh. … Aides to Ms. Collins estimated that her offices received about 3,000 coat hangers by mail to date, a reference to a time before Roe v. Wade, when some women used wire coat hangers to try to end unwanted pregnancies.” (New York Times)

Collins is up for reelection in 2020.

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