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The Quick Facts
- 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.