Susan Collins Talks Bribes and Threats From Liberal Groups Who Tried to “Buy Her” in Shocking “60 Minutes” Interview

Kirsters Baish| Republican Senator Susan Collins was among those who were undecided about which way they would be voting in regards to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Most of those undecided Republicans didn’t face the kind of pressure Collins did when it came to her vote, however. During an interview on “60 Minutes,” she spoke about bribes and threats from liberal groups who she say tried to buy her vote.

The Republican slammed the obvious Democrat tactic to try and buy her vote.

Fox News reports:

“They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, $2 million plus is going to go to my opponent. I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place,” Collins told CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”

The political groups Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership had called out the senator before her vote, with a Crowdpac campaign titled: “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent.”

Collins will be up for re-election in 2020. So far, more than $3.5 million has been taken in by the campaign, and that number continues to rise.

“This is a classic quid-pro-quo as defined in our bribery laws,” Collins explained during the “60 Minutes” interview.

The man who set up the fund tried to say that it wasn’t a bribe, even though it clearly was.

Ady Barkan, the founder of “Be a Hero,” responded to Collins’ interview by claiming that the Republican was “smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing.”

Marie Follayttar, co-founder of the Mainers for Accountable Leadership also stated, “The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by over one hundred thousand… small-dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst.”

“There is a word that describes our efforts to pool small donations for Collins’ 2020 opponent: ‘democracy,’” Maine People’s Alliance stated. “We are so inspired by the tens of thousands of people who are making their voices heard by making small donations to support a new leader to represent Maine in the US Senate.”

Basically what happened was they told Collins that if she voted no on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they would not process the cash that been donated. If she decided to vote yes on Kavanaugh, they would process the money.

Collins also faced threats from the left. Young female staff members who work for the Senator were also victims of threats.

Collins explained to Scott Pelley that it was hard on her. She explained, “I’ve had the honor of serving in the Senate for nearly 22 years and this is as ugly a situation as I’ve ever seen during that time. I have had to have security because of threats against me and family members and staffers, and this has been unlike anything I have ever been through.”