Collins sold out women by supporting Kavanaugh. Now she’s cashing in.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) threw her support behind accused serial sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh with a pivotal swing vote, helping him secure a seat on the Supreme Court last fall.
But Collins didn’t just sell out women by voting for Kavanaugh — she also cashed in on the move.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Collins raised $1.8 million in the final quarter of 2018, marking the best fundraising quarter of her career.
In the quarter before her vote on Kavanaugh, she received only $140,000 in donations.
The surge in fundraising didn’t come from anything Collins did for her constituents back at home in Maine, though. Rather, most of the cash came from out-of-state supporters of Kavanaugh.
According to the Huffington Post, only $19,000 of the nearly $900,000 Collins raked in from donors who gave over $200 came from people in Maine. In contrast, approximately $32,000 came from Kavanaugh advocates, many of whom signed public letters of support backing the accused sexual predator.
“For the most part, these people donated on the same day or after Collins’ Oct. 5 announcement that she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, even though he faced sexual misconduct allegations,” the Huffington Post reported.
Collins’ vote for Kavanaugh came after days of “difficult” deliberation, though she ultimately ended up selling out. And apparently, Kavanaugh’s apologists decided to pay her back for the support.
“For all the talk about Collins’s record-setting quarter, the reality is that she raised more money from Kavanaugh sympathizers than she did from the people she’s supposed to be representing,” said Amelia Penniman, a spokeswoman for American Bridge 21st Century, the group that discovered the influx of donations from Kavanaugh apologists.
“That fact speaks volumes and underscores exactly why her days in the Senate are numbered,” Penniman added.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Caroline Orr.