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May 20, 2019

Democrats raise money for Susan Collins opponent to ensure Republican Senator’s defeat in next election

October 6, 2018
In this image from video provided by Senate TV, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., speaks on the Senate floor about her vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kananaugh, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in the Capitol in Washington. (Senate TV via AP) (/ AP)

An online campaign to fund Republican Senator Susan Collins’ Democratic opponent in the next election saw a significant uptick in donations Friday after Collins announced that she would vote “yes” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — all but guaranteeing his confirmation.

As Collins spoke from the Senate Floor, explaining her support of President Trump’s embattled pick for the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh opponents flocked to the Crowdpac campaign’s site to empty their pockets.

Donors gave more than $50,000 over the course of Collins’ nearly 45-minute speech, bringing the total amount of funds raised to more than $3 million.

The page was so overwhelmed by eager contributors Friday that it crashed briefly.

Two activist groups — Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership — joined dying father Ady Barkan to form the campaign in August, urging people to start funding Collins’ eventual opponent’s 2020 campaign.

“Either Sen. Collins votes no on Kavanaugh or we fund her future opponent,” the site reads. It’s unclear who Collins’ challenger will be.

Collins accused the activist groups behind the campaign of attempting to bribe her into voting against Kavanaugh.

The page explains that donors won’t be charged if Collins votes “no” on Kavanaugh.

“Susan Collins has betrayed the people, and especially the women and survivors, of Maine,” the campaign organizers said in a statement. “Thousands of Mainers wrote, called, visited, protested, begged and pleaded with Susan Collins to do the right thing — to be a hero — and vote no. She ignored them.”

Collins said Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were teens “fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’” standard and believes voting against him would set a “dangerous” precedent.

The Senate this afternoon will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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