Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote

Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her career in office after her pivotal vote to appoint Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughOn The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to consumer agency First-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker 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) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever 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.