His office said the senator also took into account, "the opinions of thousands of ME people who have written and called into his office or approached the Senator personally". For Politico, Elana Schor and Burgess Everett report that Kavanaugh's performance at the hearing is "not stopping the Supreme Court nominee's liberal critics from unleashing new ads and grass-roots campaigns in one last shot at derailing him" by "keep [ing] pressure on the dwindling number of senators still undecided on President Donald Trump's high court pick". "Extortion will not work on Senator Collins", Annie Clark says.
"The people of ME are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins, " it noted, while warning that if she failed "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". Susan Collins (R-ME) to vote against the nominee.
"Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified". He said he split the tickets with a "group of old friends". "So at least 300 of them have gone to a very good cause".
The Supreme Court nominee was responding to questions from committee Democrats, who submitted them in writing for the record after his hearing concluded last Friday. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act previous year. "I unfortunately did not realize that the man was the father of a shooting victim from Parkland, Florida". An initial goal of $300,000 was quickly surpassed last week.
Collins' staff, according to multiple reports, faced vulgar harassment and even threats over the Kavanaugh confirmation. Kavanaugh's testimony did not appear to have cost him any support among Republicans, nor has it prodded two moderates in the caucus to declare how they will vote. "The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so". Susan Collins - decide to vote against him, which is unlikely.
"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Collins said of the campaign. "And federal law protects their right to pool their funds together now, when enthusiasm is at its peak, so that their campaign against a well-funded, four-term incumbent is viable two years from now".
Having a hard time squaring (a) the contention that this threat to Collins constitutes "bribery" with (b) the argument that political spending is speech. No one overpaid or underpaid me for tickets. Here it is: Senator Collins took over $5 million from PACs and large donors like the Koch brothers.