Iditarod champ urges better vetting of Supreme Court nominee

Iditarod champ urges better vetting of Supreme Court nominee

Iditarod champ urges better vetting of Supreme Court nominee

Hunt then shifted to talk about liberal activists launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money against Collins.

So a group of liberal activists in ME created an unusual crowdfunding campaign that encapsulated both of these emotions: they raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever chose to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"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. If Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh, organizers say the total amount raised will go toward whomever challenges the senator in the future.

Collins has thus far dismissed the steady calls for her to vote against Kavanaugh, as Barkan has traveled across the country promoting his "Be a Hero" campaign. But amidst the attention it was receiving were signs that its efforts could be backfiring.

The claim was thoroughly debunked by both Politifact and the Washington Post almost one week ago.

In one voicemail released from Collins" office to NBC News, one caller said "If you care at all about women's choice, vote "no' on Kavanaugh".

King says he wouldn't expect Trump's nominee would have any more regard or decency, and he reminded Murkowski: "You're our senator, not Trump's". "Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision-making whatsoever", said Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.

Collins told the Journal, "I have had three attorneys tell me that they think it is a clear violation of federal law on bribery". "They have structured the campaign in a way that the action they will do if she does what she wants is that they will refund the money but that seems to be a fictional distinction". And you stood by, 'Oh, I don't know.

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Other organizations that work at the intersection of money politics disagreed.

"6 days later? And after this has been thoroughly debunked by fact-checkers!?" fired back the Post's senior political reporter. He did not immediately respond to request for comment from TIME.

The tone of the listing was alternately threatening and encouraging.

"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.

The Judiciary committee is slated to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation Thursday, which will be followed by a vote on the Senate floor. "We will continue to participate in our democracy", she said.

The 28 new "committee confidential" documents from Booker are from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration and show his involvement in judicial nominations, including for some of the more controversial judges of the era.

The campaign is just one of many created to influence Collins' vote on Kavanaugh, who opponents say could be the fifth vote in a majority Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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