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Collins Blasts Liberal Group for Attempting to Bribe Her on Kavanaugh

"Anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn’t know her," a spokeswoman said this week.

By NTK Staff | 09.12.2018 @11:21am
Collins Blasts Liberal Group for Attempting to Bribe Her on Kavanaugh

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is blasting a group of liberal activists in Maine for attempted bribery, after they launched a $1-million crowdfunding campaign that will be used against Collins in her 2020 reelection campaign if she votes for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

With the Republican majority in the Senate so narrow, Democrats have targeted Collins, who is a notoriously independent Republican, as a possible vote they could swing against Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Maine People’s Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and activist Ady Barkan have raised over $1 million “in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever decided to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

“Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent,” the campaign wrote on its Crowdpac page. “Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent’s campaign, once that opponent has been identified.”

But, Collins will not be intimidated by these liberal activists, blasting them for what she called bribery on Tuesday.

“And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn’t know her,” spokeswoman Annie Clark said in a statement to the Washington Post. “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 whatsoever.”

Ethics experts interviewed by the Washington Post seem to agree with Collins that these group’s efforts are a form of bribery.

The senior director at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, Adav Noti, “told The Post that he thought the listing was illegal, noting that bribery is a federal crime.”

“I think they’re playing a game to avoid the literal application of the bribery statute,” Noti said. “They have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money, but that seems to be a fictional distinction. It still seems like they’re saying if you don’t do what we want we will spend $1 million, and that strikes me as just as much as an inducement as saying we’ll give you $1 million if you do what we want.”

Another ethics expert that the Washington Post consulted for their story agreed with Collins’s assessment, telling the Post that the liberal groups may very well have violated federal bribery statutes that “prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes.”

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