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12 September 2018, 05:56 | Ross Houston
This senator might vote for Kavanaugh. So activists sent her 3000 coat hangers.
But now, activists are urging Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh, with Republicans holding a slim 51-to-49 majority in the Senate.
"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's David Patten.
In another ad being released Wednesday by Planned Parenthood, the focus group talks about how Collins has been bipartisan and could be a leader in the Supreme Court fight.
The unusual fundraising effort by Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan on the platform Crowdpac had raised more than $1 million by Tuesday - a not insignificant amount for a political race in the small state. If she votes no, the money will never be withdrawn from donors. Collins obviously doesn't know her. Sen. If Collins votes in favor of Kavanaugh, however, the $1 million or more will be donated to the campaign of Collins' 2020 opponent. "I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge's opponents have stooped". In a few days, $800k+ has been raised to fund a challenger to @SenatorCollins in 2020 if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
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Collins is a crucial swing vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court, along with Alaska Sen. The Maine senator blasted both the idea of crowdfunding money to sway her vote, and also the people behind the idea, according to Hot Air. But it may influence the liberal groups that came up with the hair-brained scheme. "They have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money but that seems to be a fictional distinction".
The lawyer referenced Title 18, Section 201 of the USA criminal code, which expressly forbids bribery when a party "directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to any public official. for or because of any official act performed or to be performed by such public official".
At least one ethics expert consulted by The Washington Postsaid that it may very well violate federal bribery statutes, which prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes. But if Manchin voted against Kavanaugh, Morrissey would no doubt use that issue against him in attack ads.
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