Susan Collins Accuses Crowdfunding Campaign Of Bribery


Senator Susan Collins has lashed out against a crowdfunding campaign aimed at pressuring her to vote against the confirmation of prospective Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — comparing the campaign to bribery — Fox News reports. A coalition of progressive activists groups collaborated in a fundraising campaign on crowdpac titled “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent” which has raised over $1 million.

In response to the campaign, Collins’ spokeswoman, Annie Clark, released a strongly worded statement. “Anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn’t know her, Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making.”

In agreement with Collins was Adav Noti, a senior director at the Campaign Legal Center, who argued that while the movement may avoid a literal application of the bribery statute, the idea that spending $1 million on an opponent seems to be too similar to giving $1 million for doing what the group wants.

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