Activists Raise Over $800,000 So Susan Collins Won't Support Kavanaugh

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

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

And they mean business: so far, they have raised more than $1 million, all of it earmarked for Collins' future opponent should she vote for Kavanaugh. "Reject President Trump's Supreme Court Pick!" has raised close to $900,000.

According to the campagin's page at Crowdpac, the money would only go to the Democratic nominee, not to a Republican challenger. Either Collins or Murkowski, who are seen as more pro-choice than many other Republican Senators, could be the deciding vote in whether Kavanaugh is appointed to the court. "Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination".

"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Sen. If all Democrats and left-leaning independents vote "no", it would take two Republicans voting against Kavanaugh to sink the nomination. Most or all Republicans in the Senate will vote to confirm him; most or all Democrats will reject him.

So a group of liberal activists in ME created an unusual crowdfunding campaign that encapsulated both of these emotions: they raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever made a decision to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation. "Judge Kavanaugh kept his cool this week and demonstrated the qualities that I look for in a judge or a Supreme Court justice - good character, good temperament, high intelligence and respect for the law".

After a week of histrionics during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, Collins, a crucial swing vote in the Senate, is thought to be among the only people with the power to stop the nominee's near-certain confirmation to the nation's highest court. But it may influence the liberal groups that came up with the hair-brained scheme.

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But if she does what they want, it's not like she'll get any of that money.

"It is certainly raising the specter of whether or not this violates the United States criminal code to prohibitions against attempted bribery, by linking official actions to monetary reward", she commented.

The lawyer referenced Title 18, Section 201 of the US criminal code, which expressly forbids bribery when a party "directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official. for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official".

"The federal law prohibits anyone from offering a member of Congress anything of value in exchange for a Member's vote", Mitchell told Newsmax. "She has to vote NO on Kavanaugh!"

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