So far, a group of liberal activists including the Maine People's Alliance and dying ALS patient Ady Barkan have crowdfunded more than $1.1 million for the "Be a Hero" campaign on CrowdPac, and they say it will go to the Republican senator's 2020 opponent if she votes yes on Kavanaugh.
Republicans now hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and only 51 votes are required to confirm Kavanaugh. During the hearings, he expressed significant respect for Roe v. Wade's status as precedent under the doctrine of stare decisis, as well as mixed signals on the judiciary's ability to declare rights not explicitly listed in the Constitution. However, Kavanaugh's opponents are still hoping that a handful of swing votes-namely, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski on the Republican side, along with some Blue Dog Democrats-will sink the nomination just as the American Health Care Act (one of the GOP bills for overturning the Affordable Care Act) was sunk in 2017. Raising money to campaign against Kavanaugh is certainly legal, as it is to campaign against Collins.
"Senator Collins asked to hear from Mainers and here they are, loud and clear, asking her to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
In fact, this is a popular myth that's been long discredited. "Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination".
"This is the most consequential Supreme Court vacancy in a generation, yet it has been the least transparent confirmation process in recent history", Warner said.More news: Trump administration orders closure of Palestinian office
In reality this isn't all that much different than the money that Collins has raised from donors such as General Dynamics, MBNA Corp, Elliott Management, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Collins insisted that "this effort will not influence my vote at all".
"Your card will only be charged if Collins votes for Kavanaugh's confirmation", the listing noted. And in recent polls, Manchin has been leading Republican nominee Patrick Morrissey.
But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start. While other Democratic senators have been vocal in their opposition to Kavanaugh, Heitkamp met with him for about 75 minutes in August and issued an official statement saying she was weighing the decision carefully.