Efforts to convince Collins to vote against Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment are intensifying this week, with healthcare activist Ady Barkan amassing more than $1 million in small donations in a grassroots campaign and Planned Parenthood launching a six-figure ad buy targeting the senator. Otherwise, the legal issues are academic, but the political damage from this ill-advised bullying campaign is likely to help Kavanaugh a lot more than these groups could have ever hurt him. "Attempts at bribery or extortion will not influence my vote at all".
Newsmax reported Monday that two liberal groups, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and the Maine People's Alliance, vowed to raise $1.3 million for any opponent who challenges Collins for re-election in 2020 if she votes for Kavanaugh.
The activists have stated they intend to return the funds to donors if Senator Collins votes against Mr Kavanaugh.
Planned Parenthood launched a six-figure cable and digital ad campaign in ME on Wednesday that features a focus group of independent female voters who strongly want Collins to oppose Kavanaugh.
"In The Washington Post's Fact Checker column, Glenn Kessler concludes that California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris' statement that Kavanaugh "'uncritically used the term "abortion-inducing drugs", which is a dog whistle term used by extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control, '" at the hearing was misleading; Kessler awards Harris four Pinocchios.
Like Collins, Murkowski voted against the American Health Care Act but voted to confirm Gorsuch-and like Collins, Murkowski is part of the pro-abortion rights minority in the GOP.
Maine Senator Susan Collins will play a pivotal role in the upcoming vote on whether to consent to Donald Trump's nominated candidate. And in recent polls, Manchin has been leading Republican nominee Patrick Morrissey.
That doesn't sound like someone who is impressed by the Democrats' disgusting antics. If she's not going to do that, and if she won't give thoughtful consideration to their concerns, they have the right to pledge their support to her opponent, both with their votes and with their money. Nonetheless, a late August poll from NBC News/Marist found the incumbent Democrat leading Republican challenger Mike Braun by 6%. But it did give Collins an award previous year for her vote to protect President Barack Obama's health care law, and it could turn around and use its massive political influence against her in 2020 if she votes the wrong way on Kavanaugh. The centrist Heitkamp won by only 1% in 2012, and in 2018, she is in a very close race with Republican nominee Kevin Cramer-who is painting himself as reliably pro-Trump in the campaign.
Other organizations that work at the intersection of money politics disagreed.