Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Senate Judiciary Committee delays vote on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation

Senate Judiciary Committee delays vote on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation

Here are five US senators who could either make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

If Collins decides to vote no on Kavanaugh's confirmation, none of the 36,313 pledges will be charged to the credit or debit cards used to donate to the cause, and all of the money will be returned to the accounts who donated.

Using the platform Crowdpac, the Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and activist Ady Barkan launched a crowdfunding campaign that has already raised $1 million, but with a catch.

Collins previously said she would oppose a Supreme Court nominee who would not uphold Roe v. Wade. At Slate, Richard Hasen argues that claims by Republican election lawyer Cleta "Mitchell and others that the fundraising effort is illegal are wrong, in part thanks to the deregulated campaign finance system that Mitchell and others have helped to create through litigation and a sympathetic Supreme Court".

Collins called the fundraiser a bribery attempt and said it will not influence her vote either way in a statement to the conservative outlet Newsmax.

"Susan Collins really values her reputation as being independent".

If the Koch brothers-affiliated Americans for Prosperity can spend "seven figures" to let senators know that they should support Kavanaugh if they want their support, or the Judicial Crisis Network, which is funded by unnamed donors, can budget $10 million for TV ads that warn of political consequences for a "no" vote, what's wrong with named individuals making fully disclosed campaign contributions that deliver the opposite message?

"In that split second, I unfortunately did not realize that the man was the father of a shooting victim from Parkland, Fla.", Kavanaugh said.

Activists in ME have raised more than $1 million dollars in an crowdfunded effort to get Sen. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

But the debate has been over for a while when it comes to the money spent on politics: According to the Supreme Court, it's free speech.

The two activist groups did not respond to a request for comment.

The tone of the listing was alternately threatening and encouraging. "We will get you out of office". Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh by the start of the new court session October 1.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLeft risks backlash in Kavanaugh fight Chuck Grassley is the point man in our judiciary remake Durbin accuses Kavanaugh of misleading senators in 2006 hearing MORE (D-Calif.) added that she did not understand Republicans "rush to judgment" on Kavanaugh.

Democrats have said they want to learn more about whether Kavanaugh played a significant role in controversial policy debates in the Bush White House, including those relating to the treatment of detainees held after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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