Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Sen. King says he'll vote no on Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Sen. Susan Collins arrives at the Kennedy Center for a tribute concert for Sen. Edward Kennedy on Mar. 8 2009 in Washington DC This senator might vote for Kavanaugh. So activists sent her 3000 coat hangers.
Derrick Tucker | 13 September, 2018, 12:38

This crowdfunded money to pressure her is based on a quid pro quo - you vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent - vote against us and we give her the money.

"Here is one thing that I will say, if you are trying to convince Susan Collins to do something, the tactics that some of these people are using is not the way to go about it", Hunt said.

Booker is being criticized by his GOP colleagues and outside groups for releasing the documents, which the Judiciary Committee is holding back on a confidential basis that makes them accessible only to senators.

The activists have stated they intend to return the funds to donors if Senator Collins votes against Mr Kavanaugh.

If Collins decides to vote no on Kavanaugh's confirmation, none of the 36,313 pledges will be charged to the credit or debit cards used to donate to the cause, and all of the money will be returned to the accounts who donated.

Kavanaugh's nomination is widely opposed by liberals and pro-abortion rights activists who fear that his appointment would shift the ideological bent of the high court just far enough to the right, finally enabling it to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that Republicans and anti-abortion rights advocates have condemned for years.

"You have the chance to stand up for the people of ME - and for the entire country - by rejecting this Supreme Court nominee", the fundraising site reads. "I unfortunately did not realize that the man was the father of a shooting victim from Parkland, Florida".

Two Maine advocacy groups (Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership) have also joined together for an ingenious crowdsourcing campaign.

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A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the full Senate is expected by the end of the month, in time for the first day of the court's new term on October 1. "The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so". "And I would have listened to him", Kavanaugh continued.

Jonathan Berkon, an attorney specializing in election law, defended the fundraiser and its proponents against what he called a "bogus legal threat".

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins' defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that "every Democrat should be condemning these antics in ME - attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting".

"Susan Collins really values her reputation as being independent".

Having a hard time squaring (a) the contention that this threat to Collins constitutes "bribery" with (b) the argument that political spending is speech. "Actually, two told me that; one told me it's extortion".

"These are the life-and-death things people are talking about", she concluded.

That's corruption. That's what's wrong with American politics.

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