Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote

Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities MORE (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her career in office after her pivotal vote to appoint Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case 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) ManchinStatesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Both sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test 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.