Senator Susan Collins has lashed out against a crowdfunding campaign aimed at pressuring her to vote against the confirmation of prospective Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- comparing the campaign to bribery -- Fox News reports.
A coalition of progressive activists groups collaborated in a fundraising campaign on crowdpac titled "Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent" which has raised over $1 million.
The campaign promises to take the pledges and donate them to Collins' election opponent if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh. That election would not happen in this cycle, with Collins' last re-election occurring in 2014. Her current term will not expire until 2020.
In response to the campaign, Collins' spokeswoman, Annie Clark, released a strongly worded statement.
"Anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know her, Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making."
One of the member organizations of the coalition responded to the bribery accusations with an equally strongly worded statement from Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, as published in The Washington Post.
"The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by 35,000 small-dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst. Thousands of Mainers are trying desperately to tell her she needs to protect abortion access and critical health care coverage across the country by voting 'no' on Kavanaugh. If she doesn't, we absolutely have the right to prepare to unseat her."