Last month activist Ady Barkan set up a CrowdPac campaign to raise money that will be donated to the future opponent of Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins, if and only if she chooses to vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If Collins votes ‘No’ to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, those pledging funds will not be billed.
Earlier today this crowdfunding campaign surpassed the $1,000,000 mark on the backs of 36,752 pledges from people willing to donate their hard earned dollars to the cause.
“The people of Maine want to be clear with you, Senator Collins,” the Campaign by Barkan reads. “The pending nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice is a threat to everyday Mainers like us. Kavanaugh is committed to ending healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh cannot be nominated – he would mean bankruptcy and danger for millions of families in Maine and America.”
Yesterday Senator Collins was asked about this controversial campaign by conservative news organization NewsMax.
“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins stated. “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.”
In reality this isn’t all that much different than the money that Collins has raised from donors such as General Dynamics, MBNA Corp, Elliott Management, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Although PAC money and donations do not provide an ultimatum like this crowdfunding campaign does, certainly donors typically have expectations when they give a large amount of money to someone running for political office.