A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million as of Tuesday for the opponent of Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, a move she likened to bribery.
"This effort will not influence my vote at all", Collins said. However, Kavanaugh's opponents are still hoping that a handful of swing votes-namely, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski on the Republican side, along with some Blue Dog Democrats-will sink the nomination just as the American Health Care Act (one of the GOP bills for overturning the Affordable Care Act) was sunk in 2017. Most or all Republicans in the Senate will vote to confirm him; most or all Democrats will reject him.
But now, activists are urging Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh, with Republicans holding a slim 51-to-49 majority in the Senate.
Senator Collins ran for Congress on a platform of being both pro-choice and someone who would prioritise the needs of her constituents over her party.
The Maine's People's Alliance has banded together with the Mainers for Accountable Leadership and Ady Barkan, a dying father who has campaigned for healthcare reform, to ask Collins, a Republican senator from Maine, to vote no on Kavanaugh. But amidst the attention it was receiving were signs that its efforts could be backfiring.
"The federal law prohibits anyone from offering a member of Congress anything of value in exchange for a Member's vote", Mitchell told Newsmax. "Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Ms. Collins, provided The New York Times with copies of a letter and multiple voice mail messages addressed to the senator using vulgar language and outright threats". "Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination". 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.
But if she does what they want, it's not like she'll get any of that money.
"It seems kind of icky but it doesn't rise to the level of bribery because there's no agreement", Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibilities.
The two activist groups did not respond to a request for comment. "... To stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020".
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.