$3 million raised for Sen. Susan Collins’ opponent amid outcry on Kavanaugh vote


Sen. Susan Collins’ announcement Friday that she would vote “yes” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh likely ended the uncertainty over his confirmation.

But while Collins spoke on the Senate floor and explained why she would be voting for Kavanaugh, people angry over her decision were donating cash to defeat her in her next election.

More than $50,000 was given over the course of her nearly 45-minute speech, bringing the total raised on an online crowdfunding campaign to defeat Collins in her 2020 election to more than $3 million as of 7 p.m.

The campaign by three activists groups, Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership, had been criticized by Collins and others over several weeks as a possible attempt to bribe Collins into voting against Kavanaugh.

The groups started raising money in August, asking people across the nation to donate to Collins’ opponent in an attempt to show her the stark opposition to Kavanaugh. No one has yet filed to run against Collins in 2020. Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser and United Nations Ambassador, suggested on Twitter Friday that she could challenge Collins.

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