Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote

Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Trump, Dems close in on deal MORE (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her career in office after her pivotal vote to appoint Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCoronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Progressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE to the Supreme Court.

Collins raised $1.8 million in the final quarter of 2018, according to Federal Election Commission.

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The fundraising surge was powered by out-of-state donations, according to the Bangor Daily News on Sunday. 

Of the nearly $900,000 Collins received from individual donors contributing over $200, only $19,000 came from people with Maine addresses.

“We made an effort to have a strong quarter because we wanted to send the message that Senator Collins will be prepared to run a vigorous campaign in 2020,” said Amy Abbott, deputy treasurer of Collins’s campaign committee, according to the Daily News.

“We focused our fundraising efforts nationally, which we typically do until the election year, which is why there were relatively fewer donations from Maine.” 

Her previous donation high was $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Collins received only $140,000 in the quarter before her vote on Kavanaugh.

The justice was confirmed 50 to 48, with Collins and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinWhite House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on Senate fails to advance coronavirus stimulus bill for second time in two days MORE (D-W.Va.) casting the key votes.

Collins's support of the nominee, who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, triggered a flurry of opposition calls for a Democrat to challenge her in 2020.