$1 million pledged against Susan Collins if she backs Brett Kavanaugh

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Most or all Republicans in the Senate will vote to confirm him; most or all Democrats will reject him. Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination.

The vote tally also looks static among Senate Democrats, who number 49 in the chamber, including two independents who caucus with them.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins, separately gave The New York Times copies of letters and voicemail messages being sent to the senator's offices that included threats. His office said the senator also took into account, "the opinions of thousands of ME people who have written and called into his office or approached the Senator personally".

Earlier today this crowdfunding campaign surpassed the $1,000,000 mark on the backs of 36,752 pledges from people willing to donate their hard earned dollars to the cause. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers. She called Collins' use of the term "bribery" a bogus legal threat.

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- Collins votes no on Kavanaugh "and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent".

Senator Collins ran for Congress on a platform of being both pro-choice and someone who would prioritise the needs of her constituents over her party.

"President Trump's nominee for the high court told lawmakers during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Roe v. Wade set an "important precedent" in 1973 before being "reaffirmed many times", but the MA lawmaker isn't letting up on her "#StopKavanaugh" activism.

As well as his views on abortion, many people are also concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's desire to abolish gun control legislation and unravel the Affordable Care Act.

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"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Collins told Newsmax.

"We won't let it stifle us".

"In The Washington Post's Fact Checker column, Glenn Kessler concludes that California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris' statement that Kavanaugh "'uncritically used the term "abortion-inducing drugs", which is a dog whistle term used by extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control, '" at the hearing was misleading; Kessler awards Harris four Pinocchios. "We will continue to participate in our democracy", she said. The president during campaign stops in Montana and North Dakota ridiculed Democrats as "making fools out of themselves". At USA Today, Erin Kelly reports that Judiciary Committee "Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released an agenda Monday with Kavanaugh's name at the top of a list of judicial nominees that the committee will consider Thursday", but that "Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27".

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