The funds will add to Gideon's already record-breaking
The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination, which drew national
Collins was considered a pivotal vote on Kavanaugh's nomination in the fall of 2018. She has described herself as pro-abortion rights and said she would not confirm a justice who showed hostility to Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion. A year earlier, in 2017, Kavanaugh ruled against allowing an undocumented minor to access an abortion.
While Collins was publicly undecided on how she would vote, a group of activists from three liberal groups -- Be a Hero, the
It was a new frontier in campaign finance, training thousands of donors on one vote of one senator. Collins was critical of the fundraising effort at the time, likening it to "bribery." Her campaign reiterated that attack in a Wednesday video on social media. She ultimately voted to confirm Kavanaugh, which also led to what was then the best fundraising quarter of her career.
Barnes said the fundraising would transfer to Gideon's campaign within 10 days. She said a bit more than
The funding is entirely from individual contributors. If a donor who gave to the fund also gave to Gideon's campaign and the combined totals exceed campaign contribution limits, Gideon's campaign must refund the contribution, as it would with any contribution, Barnes said.
Gideon has outpaced Collins on fundraising so far, with a total of
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