Activists pledge over $360K to Collins's future opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh
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Activists have pledged more than $360,000 to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsAn ode to Joe Manchin's patriotism on his birthday Susan Collins challenger hit with ethics complaints over reimbursements Overnight Health Care: Insurance lobby chief calls Biden, Sanders health plans 'similarly bad' | Trump officials appeal drug price disclosure ruling | Study finds 1 in 7 people ration diabetes medicine due to cost MORE’s (R-Maine) future Democratic opponent should the Maine Republican vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

A fundraiser through the political crowdfunding site Crowdpac attracted donations from more than 13,000 people by the second day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The page, set up by progressive activist Ady Barkan, lists a goal of $500,000.

“The people of Maine have made it clear that they want you to vote NO on Kavanaugh, and we’re counting on you to do the right thing,” the fundraising site reads. “You have the chance to stand up for the people of Maine — and for the entire country — by rejecting this Supreme Court nominee.”

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Collins is not up for reelection this cycle, but if she votes for Kavanaugh, Barkan said he will donate the money to whoever runs against her in 2020. 

Collins, who is considered a swing vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, met with the nominee last month and said he assured her that he believes Roe v. Wade is “settled law.” The fate of the landmark ruling legalizing abortion has been at the center of debate around Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Democrats and liberal groups have dismissed Kavanaugh’s comments to Collins and continued to raise concerns that he would vote to overturn the ruling. 

Democrats have also voiced concerns about the judge's stance on presidential pardons. Asked on Tuesday during his Senate confirmation hearing if President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE could pardon himself, Kavanaugh said he had not examined self-pardons.

Barkan made national headlines earlier this year after confronting Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (R-Ariz.) on an airplane over Flake’s support for the GOP tax law.

Barkan, who has Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), pressed Flake on potential cuts to Medicare.