Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, fired back at far-left groups on Monday who have raised just shy of $1 million dollars to oust her if she doesn’t vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to The Daily Caller. Collins hit back hard against left-wing “attempts to bribe me,” saying it will not influence her vote.
Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership have launched a joint crowdfunding effort to raise over one million dollars to either support or go against Collins. The groups are trying to bribe Collins, saying they will return money if she votes against confirming Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump‘s pick for the High Court, but use it for her opponent if she confirms the qualified man.
“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins told Newsmax. “If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors. If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race.”
“This effort will not influence my vote at all,” Collins continued. “I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped.”
Liberals and their ilk are so desperate to oppose Kavanaugh — because he’s Trump’s pick, not because he’s unqualified — that they are trying to bribe a member of Congress to vote against him.
The campaign, which is called “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent,” makes it pretty clear that it is trying to extort her. The operation has already raised more than $1 million, with a stated goal of $1.3 million.
“The money will be disbursed and used to defeat her when she is up for re-election in the event that she votes to confirm Kavanaugh,” reads the description of the crowdfunding page.
If Collins votes to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the money will be returned to the donors. If she votes to confirm Kavanaugh, the group said it will give the money to her political opponent. That’s a bribe, which is a felony in the United States.
Under 18 U.S. Code § 201, it is a federal crime for someone to directly or indirectly gives, offers or promises anything of value to an elected official in return for doing something.
Despite the theatrics from many liberals and Democratic lawmakers during last week’s confirmation hearing, the GOP controls a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
So, assuming all Democrats vote against Kavanaugh — which many people agree likely won’t happen given some Red state Democrats are too vulnerable this election cycle — liberals are trying to pick-off at least one Republican to upend the confirmation.
They are targeting Collins because she is sometimes a swing vote, and is in a Blue state.
Collins has signaled a few times that she is strongly leaning toward supporting Kavanaugh, but progressives trying to bribe her with a million dollars is another scathing reminder of how low liberals are stooping to stop Kavanaugh from sitting on the High Court.