Senator Susan Collins continues to draw scrutiny from Mainers for casting a key vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he sided with a minority on the Supreme Court to uphold a rigid anti-choice state law this week. And a new report shows how Collins’ campaign coffers were flooded with checks from Kavanaugh supporters after she cast her crucial vote — many of whom had never donated to Collins before or significantly ramped up their giving.
An analysis from The Daily Beast found that following her vote to confirm Kavanaugh, Collins “raked in nearly $200,000 from donors who are also high-dollar contributors to the Federalist Society,” a major Washington interest group that supported Kavanaugh’s nomination and has been pushing to stack the federal courts with right-wing judges. In 2017 and 2018, Collins voted to confirm every single one of Trump’s judicial nominees — but Collins is now getting hall passes from Mitch McConnell to avoid casting controversial votes in a desperate attempt to erase her record of confirming right-wing judges with hostile views on reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ equality.
In Maine, the Portland Press Herald’s Bill Nemitz eviscerated Collins — whose re-election campaign is “hanging by a thread” — for breaking “another promise” to Mainers as her vote to confirm Kavanaugh “come[s] back to haunt her.” And an op-ed from University of Maine professor Amy Fried argues that Collins’ Kavanaugh vote could be the “nail in [the] coffin” of her re-election after losing endorsements from key pro-choice groups to Sara Gideon and months of defending President Trump with comments that “lack credibility” and undermine her fading brand as an independent voice for Maine.
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