Crowdfunding campaign tied to Collins' vote on Kavanaugh surpasses $1 million


And in Maine, two groups opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation (the Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership) have teamed up with Ady Barkan to warn Collins that if she votes for Kavanaugh, they will crowdfund her Democratic opponent (whoever that might turn out to be) when she seeks reelection in 2020.

Kavanaugh's nomination is widely opposed by liberals and pro-abortion rights activists who fear that his appointment would shift the ideological bent of the high court just far enough to the right, finally enabling it to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that Republicans and anti-abortion rights advocates have condemned for years. During the hearings, he expressed significant respect for Roe v. Wade's status as precedent under the doctrine of stare decisis, as well as mixed signals on the judiciary's ability to declare rights not explicitly listed in the Constitution. If she votes no, the money will not be collected.

Even though the group is not saying they'll pay Collins for her vote, there are questions about whether it is a type of illegal bribe.

The activists have stated they intend to return the funds to donors if Senator Collins votes against Mr Kavanaugh.

In fact, this is a popular myth that's been long discredited. Murkowski has not said whether she will vote for or against Trump's nominee, but if her vote for Gorsuch is any indication, pressure from the GOP will outweigh pressure from pro-choice groups. Collins obviously doesn't know her. Sen.

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However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: "Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until it unsettles it".

But because these two senators are Republicans, activists are anxious that they will vote with their party to confirm Kavanaugh. Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. But if Manchin voted against Kavanaugh, Morrissey would no doubt use that issue against him in attack ads.

But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start. Although Obama won IN in 2008, the state is heavily Republican. And Kavanaugh's opponents are fearful that Donnelly will vote for Kavanaugh if he fears that a vote against Kavanaugh could endanger his lead.

Other organizations that work at the intersection of money politics disagreed.