Left-wing activists in Maine have raised $1.2 million to fund Republican Sen. Susan Collins' future opponent unless she votes against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

The Maine People's Alliance, Mainers for Accountable Leadership and activist Ady Barkan began the effort, urging Collins to be a "hero." They warned that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will vote against women's reproductive rights and vote to deny health care to millions of Americans. 

If Collins votes "no" on Kavanaugh, the groups said anyone who pledges a donation will not be charged. 


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"The pending nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice is a threat to everyday Mainers like us. Kavanaugh is committed to ending healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh cannot be nominated - he would mean bankruptcy and danger for millions of families in Maine and America," the CrowdPAC donation page states. 

Reacting on "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Judge Andrew Napolitano said the left has "yelled" for years about "money in politics," after the Citizens United ruling, but in this case they are also "using money to influence speech."

Napolitano said he believes this will "backfire politically" on the left-wing activists. 

Collins, who will be up for re-election in 2020, has characterized the effort as a "bribe."

"Legally, it's weird but it's not a crime," Napolitano said, calling Collins a "thoughtful and independent woman" who will not be influenced by the effort. 

Watch his full explanation above.


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