The campaign has clearly gotten the attention of Collins and her staff, prompting attacks from the senator as she prepares to cast a vote that could end her career.

“Through this grassroots effort, Mainers are making clear to Senator Collins that they will defeat her for reelection if she defies the will of the people and votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so.” —Jonathan Berkon, attorney”This quid pro quo fund-raising campaign appears to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me,” Collins told the New York Times Tuesday. “Attempts at bribery or extortion will not influence my vote at all.”

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

“Through this grassroots effort, Mainers are making clear to Senator Collins that they will defeat her for reelection if she defies the will of the people and votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Berkon said. “The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so. And federal law protects their right to pool their funds together now, when enthusiasm is at its peak, so that their campaign against a well-funded, four-term incumbent is viable two years from now.”

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On social media, a number of the campaign’s supporters pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of attacking small donors for attempting to persuade Collins to represent their interests, while happily accepting millions in corporate and PAC contributions over her decades in public office.

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