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Collins Claims She Is Being Bribed for Her Vote on the Kavanaugh Nomination

At least one organization has taken unusual action in light of the high stakes surrounding the nominee to the high court

There has been a strong push from Democrats in Congress and from many liberal groups across the country against the confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed recently that if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the high court, then “Roe v. Wade, affordable health care, voting rights, common-sense gun violence prevention, freedoms of LGBTQ Americans, communities of colors, and immigrants are all on the chopping block.”

“Everything is on the table,” she said.

“Again, voting rights, civil rights, Brown v. the Board of Education. All right?” noted Pelosi.

As a result of this and other statements and commentary from Democrats, Republican lawmakers have been receiving a lot of pressure from citizens and other groups for their votes.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine noted that one liberal group has vowed to fund her political opponent unless she promises to vote “no” on the Kavanaugh nomination.

The online fundraising group Crowdpac — “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent” — has raised over $1.2 million dollars to date.

“There are two scenarios,” states the website.

“1. Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh, and you [the donor’s credit card] will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent,” the site claims. Or “2. Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh, and your pledge will go to her opponent’s campaign, once that opponent has been identified.”

Sen. Collins, who has not yet announced for whom she will vote, claimed that this campaign is an attempt at bribery.

“I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped,” said Collins.

“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” she said in a statement to Newsmax.

“If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors.”

“If I vote for him,” she added, “the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race. This effort will not influence my vote at all. I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped,” said Collins.

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