A crowdfunding campaign aimed at Senator Collins has garnered controversy this week for its unusual tactics.
Collins is a moderate Republican senator from Maine, and she is considered a potential pivotal vote on the confirmation of Kavanaugh.
The “Be A Hero” campaign – organized by national health activist Ady Barkan and the groups Mainers for Accountable Leadership and the Maine People’s Alliance – asks for donations to a future Collins opponent if she votes “yes” on Kavanaugh. If she votes “no” the money would be refunded to donors.
The fund reached a significant milestone on this past Tuesday as it surpassed $1 million.
Collins has likened the fundraising effort to bribery, and Cleta Mitchell, a Republican elections attorney, called for both the Department of Justice and FEC to investigate this crowdfunding campaign, saying it may violate election laws.
The groups behind the campaign maintain they are within their first amendment rights.
Food For Thought
Is the technique used by the crowdfunding campaign targeting Senator Collins problematic or protected?