Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote

Collins boasts best fundraising quarter after Kavanaugh vote
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her career in office after her pivotal vote to appoint Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Kavanaugh shows his stripes on Supreme Court's 'shadow docket' Ginsburg back at Supreme Court 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) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick 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.