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Crowdpac is known as a for-profit website, and their purpose is to help unknown Democrats raise money and also run for office. This website is only open to fundraise and select political ideologies. Crowdpac comes from the term (PAC) which is a Political Action Committee. PACs are used to raise and spend money to elect and defeat candidates.

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Crowdpac is known as a for-profit website, and their purpose is to help unknown Democrats raise money and also run for office. This website is only open to fundraising for select political ideologies. Crowdpac comes from the term (PAC) which is a Political Action Committee. PACs are used to raise and spend money to elect and defeat candidates (Crowdpac).

Maine Republican, Senator Susan Collins was first elected in 1996. She is the Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and is a former Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. For Maine, the goal for crowdpac is to raise $1,302,388 in Susan Collins campaign. According to Emily Stewart (2018), “The question that comes up is, is Susan Collins being bribed to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? In a statement to Newsfax, Collins said she believed there was an attempt to “bribe” her vote and said she wouldn’t be the target of “quid pro quo fundraising.” Her campaign is meant to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh” (Vox).

The CrowdPac Campaign has raised over $1.3 billion for her opponent. The proposal: As stated by Kevin Freking (2018), Cite this “If Collins votes against Kavanaugh, donors who have pledged to the campaign won’t be charged. If she votes for him, the money raised will go to her Democratic opponent when she is up for reelection in 2020. The people are essentially driving her to vote against Kavanaugh because if she doesn’t, then her electorate will fund her opponent. All the money being raised goes back to the donors. The campaign violates federal bribery law” (Vox).

From Mashable, stated by Joe Lawlor, “Kavanaugh, could be a justice on the court for decades, which we cannot afford with our ever-worsening climate crisis.” Extremists are developing something new in the campaign over the confirmation with the Supreme Court. The campaign was organized by the “Maine People’s Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and the ‘Be a Hero’ activist Ady Barkan. Barkan in a video quoted, “If Susan Collins votes to confirm this terrible nominee we will use your money to replace her with someone better in 2020, that’s what people power looks like.” On crowdpac the lowest pledge is $20.20, it is 2020 because that would be the year she would be replaced if she doesn’t vote no on the upcoming nominee (Mashable).

Initially, a Senator such as Susan Collins should have power to vote for whoever she wishes to vote for but in this case the people are using their own type of power against her. This changes political actions for the future because if the people simply don’t agree on a matter they will be against you. The “Mainers” are pressuring Collins to make the right decision because if she doesn’t they are threatening her career in the future.

For the Crowdpac campaign there are only two scenarios for Senator Collins which is: 

Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent.”

“Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent’s campaign, once that opponent has been identified.”

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In the Crowdpac story, there are 4 pledges. The $20.20 is the lowest bid which they have titled it “People Power”, $25 is titled “Be a Hero”, $50 is titled “Be a Champion”, and to $250 is “Be a Legend”. People Power which is the cheapest has the most pledges at around 34K.

The people of Maine are threatened by Kavanaugh’s pending nomination into the Supreme Court. “Kavanaugh is committed to terminating health care for people with pre-existing conditions and would mean to danger for millions of families in Maine and America” They feel their senator can “Be the Hero” if she votes no (USA Today). 

If Senator Collins votes no then she will satisfy the people of Maine and they will not rebel against her in the future. Collins believes that this is bribery but Maine’s People Alliance for Account Leadership have said, “bribery accusations are false and that the First Amendment protects them.” Mainers have made it clear about the decision they want from Senator Collins (USA Today).

On the Crowdpac website, people are endorsing and sharing their thoughts on the matter. For example:

AyeBruhWhoDis endorsed

I swear to big Baby Jesus, I got enough money to fund 50 more of these crowdpacs, and I will gladly use my money to show these scumbag politicians that they work for us regular folk. Forget that and people like me will deal scumbags like Collins a pink slip.

Johnna Matthews endorsed

If Senator Susan Collins votes for Brett Kavanaugh, who has lied to congress and whose decisions and writings show a man who will harm the people of Maine and our country with his future decisions, she should be voted out of office in 2020.

Guy Coss endorsed

“Thanks to the internet, the fact that folks can’t vote for a Senator outside their state no longer means they can’t have a voice when one is having an outsized impact on National issues. And I can and will use donations to make my voice heard.”

According to Christal Hayes, “Through this grassroots effort, Mainers are making clear to Senator Collins that they will defeat her for reelection if she defies the will of the people and votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” he said in a statement provided by the crowdfunding campaign. “The First Amendment guarantees their right to do so. And federal law protects their right to pool their funds together now when enthusiasm is at its peak so that their campaign against a well-funded, four-term incumbent is viable two years from now. It is shameful that Republicans are using bogus legal threats to stifle this grassroots enthusiasm” (USA TODAY).

Collins believes the tactics to sway her vote are a wasted effort, and bribery will not work on her. The Senator will make a decision based on the worth of the nomination and will be making her vote soon.