After Kavanaugh, Can Mainers Trust Susan Collins to Keep Her Word on Supreme Court Nomination When Federalist Society Members Fund Her Campaign?

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Members of Conservative Legal Group Behind McConnell Judges, Supreme Court Nominees Comprise Senator Susan Collins’ Largest Source of Campaign Contributions

Portland, MAINE — Senator Susan Collins is asking Mainers to trust that she will keep her word and vote “no” on a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court prior to the election. But recent reports have revealed that, together, members of the Federalist Society comprise Susan Collins’ largest source of campaign funding. The Federalist Society has played a key role in supplying a pipeline of judicial nominees both for the Supreme Court and the federal courts, that reflect President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s shared goals of implementing radically pro-corporate policies, undermining civil liberties, and striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

“Susan Collins is asking Mainers to take her at her word. But we’ve learned our lesson. When it comes to Susan Collins, the old adage fits: ‘It’s not what they say, it’s what they do.’ When it comes to critical issues like the 2017 tax giveaway or her vote to appoint Justice Kavanaugh, she claimed she was listening to Mainers. But when it mattered, she proved her loyalty was to Mitch McConnell and special-interest donors like the Federalist Society, not everyday Mainers,” said Willy Ritch, executive director of 16 Counties Coalition. “Mainers know we can’t trust Susan Collins to keep her word — especially when those with the most at stake are her boss and biggest donors.” 

As the report shows, after Senator Collins’ cast the key vote to appoint Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was hand-picked by the Federalist Society and Mitch McConnell — in direct opposition to the wishes of Mainers — McConnell and the Federalist society awarded Collins’ loyalty with a flood of campaign donations: 

“Federal filings reviewed by Salon show that the total contributions from Federalist Society executives and supporters now exceed $300,000. The group’s executives and backers have donated at least $210,650 to theCollins for Senator campaign committee, $49,400 toCollins’ leadership PAC and another $41,800 to theCollins Victory Committee.

“Since the end of 2018, Federalist Society contributions dwarf those Collins has received from employees at the defense contractor General Dynamics, which had been her biggest financial backer, over the past 25 years. Employees at the company, whose Bath Iron Works is thefourth-largest private employer in Maine, havecontributed at least $201,838 to Collins and related PACs going back to 1995, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.”

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About the 16 Counties Coalition
The 16 Counties Coalition is a year-long grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at amplifying the voices of families and working Mainers and encouraging Senator Susan Collins to vote in favor of the people she was elected to represent and defend. The campaign will mobilize members through small- and large-scale events, through digital action, and paid television, radio, and digital ads.


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The 16 Counties Coalition is a year-long grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at amplifying the voices of families and working Mainers and encouraging Senator Susan Collins to vote in favor of the people she was elected to represent and defend. The campaign will mobilize members through small- and large-scale events, through digital action, and paid television, radio, and digital ads.

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