In Jolting ‘60 Minutes’ Interview, Susan Collins Describes Bribes, Threats from Liberal Groups That Tried to Buy Her

Yes, many Republicans voted yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But not all of them faced the pressure that Sen. Susan Collins did. And she outlined some of the bribes and the threats against her when she appeared on “60 Minutes.”

Collins blasted the blatant ploy to essentially buy her vote made by a leftist Crowdpac campaign.

From Fox News:

“They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, $2 million plus is going to go to my opponent. I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place,” Collins told CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”


The political groups Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership had called out the senator before her vote, with a Crowdpac campaign titled: “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent.”

Collins is not up for re-election until 2020. The campaign has raised more than $3.5 million and counting.

“This is a classic quid-pro-quo as defined in our bribery laws,” Collins said in the interview.

The man behind the fund tried to argue it wasn’t a bribe.

In response to her “60 Minutes” comments, Be a Hero founder Ady Barkan suggested that Collins was “smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing.” Mainers for Accountable Leadership co-founder Marie Follayttar added: “The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by over one hundred thousand… small-dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst.”

“There is a word that describes our efforts to pool small donations for Collins’ 2020 opponent: ‘democracy,'” Maine People’s Alliance added. “We are so inspired by the tens of thousands of people who are making their voices heard by making small donations to support a new leader to represent Maine in the US Senate.”

The deal was if she voted no, they wouldn’t process the money people had donated and if she did vote yes, they would. So yes, pretty clear that it was a quid pro quo action for a vote.

Not only that but she faced all kinds of threats including threats to the young female staff in her office.

She told Scott Pelley that it had been very difficult. “I’ve had the honor of serving in the Senate for nearly 22 years and this is as ugly a situation as I’ve ever seen during that time,” Collins said. “I have had to have security because of threats against me and family members and staffers, and this has been unlike anything I have ever been through.”

And here’s what clarity of thought looks like, unlike the jumbled word salad that Sen. Lisa Murkowski threw out to justify her vote.

This is working through the question logically and basing it on the evidence.

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Marilyn - Ginger
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The voice of reason – well researched – well thought out – well presented – my hero.

bonnie lavoie
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bonnie lavoie

yes the party of tolerance and love strikes again VOTE RED

Dan
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Dan

Dems are dirty.

Susan
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3.5 million from small box donors. Right…..from a state the size of a toaster

Mark E. Edmiston
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Mark E. Edmiston

Small Pox Donors!

Shoosh
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Shoosh

How many people believe that they would NOT have forwarded the $ they received even if she had voted NO?? If it looks like a bribe, sounds like a bribe, then it’s a BRIBE!! Where’s AG in this situation??

Skipper
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Skipper

Sessions is useless. He will be fired after midterms.

Philip McDaniel
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Philip McDaniel

To my mind this is reprehensible. Some may say, “Well, the Republicans do the same thing.” but it is still reprehensible. Sen. Susan Collins acted like a Senator should — putting politics aside and thinking of the good of the Republic. That is precisely what the founders had in mind when they constructed the Constitution. Party politics have become hopelessly entangled in our governmental operations and sadly I think most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the Democrat Party.

Larry Pritchard
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Larry Pritchard

“We are so inspired by the tens of thousands of people who are making their voices heard by making small donations to support a new leader to represent Maine in the US Senate.”

If 100,000 people made a small donation of $10 you would have one million dollars. The only question I have is, where did the other two and a half million dollars come from?

Sue
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Sue

Don’t worry Senator Collins, in 2020 America will stand behind you and donate to your cause. Always do THE RIGHT THING, no matter what.

Marie
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Marie

problem< she has leaned for the Liberals many times, and you can judge future behavior by past behavior. I too, was blown away by her vote and speech. I even sent a big thank you to her. She did make a brave stand this time but what about future issues? Voters will have big decision.

doug myers
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doug myers

I still plan to send a donation to her in 2020, even though I wish she were more conservative. What she did took integrity and courage, conservative traits.

Carla B Reeves
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Carla B Reeves

You are the Poster Child of reasonable, thinking women Susan. I admire and applaud you!

Jim pueo
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Jim pueo

Hell they were going to keep the money and use it to smear other RIGHTS anyway. They’re exponentially becoming a terrorist!!

Skipper
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Skipper

Never forget what the dirty Dems did to Kavanaugh and his family. Vote Republican on 11/6!

Carol
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Vote republican or lose the republic – it’s that simple because liberals agenda is to squash the USA

Larry Lopez
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Larry Lopez

The left demos are getting uglier n now Bribing senators. If they get power goodbye America as it used to be. Jesus the only way out. Our choices?

Mark E. Edmiston
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Mark E. Edmiston

I’m SHOCKED… SHOCKED I tell you… The left resorting to threats and bribes?!? I’m just SHOCKED!!!

4speedJim
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4speedJim

I wish I could say Im shocked too sigh* But the only thing that would shock me is the left showing decency, civility or a pro American independent thought

Faith Dominoe
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I have a “free” book that explains who the vampiric wizard’s are behind the curtain. Not sure if I can list the website where it is located.