Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership are joining dying father, Ady Barkan, to beg Senator Collins to vote "no" on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In the next 2 weeks, right after Labor Day - the Senate will hold a confirmation vote that will define the Supreme Court's ideology for decades. It will be one of the most pivotal votes of Susan Collin's career.

"We, the People of Maine are joining Ady Barkan and thousands of others to demand  that Senator Collins votes "no" on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh" - Marie Follayttar, Co-Director of MFAL said, “We're excited to once again join with Ady to promote and amplify Maine voices."

There are two scenarios:

  1. Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent. 
  2. Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified.

The people of Maine want to be clear with you, Senator Collins:

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 people of Maine are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins.

Your swing vote could decide whether a rubber stamp for Trump’s anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-labor agenda gets confirmed to the Supreme Court–costing millions of Americans their healthcare, their right to choose, and their lives.

If you fail to stand up for the people of Maine and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020.  We will get you out of office. 

The people of Maine have made it clear that they want you to vote NO on Kavanaugh, and we’re counting on you to do the right thing.

You have the chance to stand up for the people of Maine – and for the entire country – by rejecting this Supreme Court nominee. Side with us  and make the right choice.


*** We need Senator Collins to vote NO on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. You can send a stronger message than a phone call or a tweet – pledge to help get Susan Collins out of office in 2020 if she doesn’t stand with us. 

Your card will only be charged if Collins votes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. ***

Be A Hero Team

Maine People's Alliance

Mainers for Accountable Leadership


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I feel Kavanaugh will only add to the dishonesty in government”

  • endorsed

    “As a 70 year old grandmother from Texas. I have had it with Susan Collins and her wishy washy position on Roe v Wade. In 1970 the summer I graduated from college, my roommate had an illegal abortion. I was elected to take the remains to the dumpster. She got an infection and was not able to have children. Take a stand Susan Collins and quit this attention getting game you are playing!!!”

  • endorsed

    “I gladly will donate to this cause even though I don't live in your state. She needs to feel the pain of not listening to the american people.”

  • endorsed

    “It's time to put this country over politics. If Senator Collins cannot see that this nomination represents a step backward toward a conservationism that is not representative of the MAJORITY, then she needs to go.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe the person calling for an investigation (Dr. Christine Blasey Ford). Doesn’t take a rocket scientist, Repubs!”

  • endorsed

    “Until Citizen's United is overturned, this is the only way to effectively influence elections and gives individual citizens the same electoral power as big corporations (but only if we band together.) They are only fighting for money but we are fighting for our lives!”

  • endorsed

    “Sen. Collins is wish washy when it comes to defending women’s rights and healthcare in Maine. Either she be clear as a bell and reject Kavanaugh or we reject her representing the women and reproductive rights of woman. She is not a statesman, but a slippery politician.”

  • endorsed

    “Kavanaugh is not the only judge out there. How about we nominate and appoint someone who's reputation is not stained by a sexual scandal, who doesn't live in the era when women were considered property to make decisions for and about, and who is not ashamed of his own views to answer questions during the Senate hearings?”

  • endorsed

    “Money talks in this world of politics, and even though I hate it, until we have publicly funded elections those of us who advocate it have to use the same tactics as the "funders" of our politicians. Join this effort to require that our Supreme Court nomination process be sincere and thorough.”

  • endorsed

    “Kavanaugh’s appointment is a life-long one. The American people deserve a justice who represents all of our interests, not just the rich white male ones.”

September 19, 2018

There is none.

We want to thank you for showing up for our movement and fighting to save our democracy, and update you on where things stand.

The vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination has been postponed, after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s bravely came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault. Dr. Ford has since requested that the FBI investigate her accusation.

instead of supporting this courageous woman, Susan Collins is putting pressure on her to testify before the Judiciary committee in a matter of days. Here’s what Collins said on Twitter:


How is this hard? What happened to believing women?

What is the rush, other than political expediency for the GOP?

There is none.

If Susan Collins wants to be the champion for women she claims to be, she needs to support Dr. Ford’s request for an investigation, and ultimately, reject this nominee.

It’s clear that Kavanaugh is not fit for our nation’s highest court and if Susan Collins doesn’t see that, we will replace her with someone who does.

September 14, 2018

We Reached Our Goal -- And We Are Not Stopping!

Great news! Today we matched every dollar of Susan Collins’ corporate PAC-funded campaign account with a people-funded campaign of our own.

But we’re not stopping there.

Pledge toward our new goal of $1.5 million and tell Susan Collins once again: This is your legacy. Vote to #StopKavanaugh, or we will fund your future opponent, and defeat you.

http://crowdpac.com/campaigns/...

September 12, 2018

When plutocrats do it

Susan Collins finally responded to her Maine constituents -- unfortunately, she came out of hiding only to attack, calling our campaign "bribery." Backing her up is endangered Texas senator and actual cartoon villain Ted Cruz, who tweeted today attacking us for holding Collins accountable for her vote.


There's a great article in Slate explaining that in a country governed by big money Super PACs allowed by Citizens United (Kavanaugh would make it worse!), this type of campaign is one of few options that ordinary Americans have to make their voices heard. Here's an excerpt:


"So long as the Supreme Court is going to keep the money spigot open for wealthy donors, some of the rest of us appear to be at least trying to pool together resources to attempt to fight back. An arms race between the superrich and everyone else to try to influence legislative outcomes is far from ideal, but it is better than wholly ceding the ground to the plutocrats."


You can read the full article here: 

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/susan-collins-complains-of-bribery-after-nonbillionaires-try-to-influence-her-kavanaugh-vote.html


Our plutocratic enemies are running scared. Let's make them feel the pain.

September 12, 2018

Our response to Susan Collins

September 12th, 2018

Contact:

Mike Tipping, Mike@mainepeoplesalliance.org

Marie Follayttar Smith, mfalpac@gmail.com

Mainers Defend Their Right to the First Amendment and Fight Back Against Bogus Attacks from Senator Susan Collins

In a heated atmosphere around the Supreme Court nominations, an online fundraising pledge campaign supported by Mainers for Accountable Leadership, the Maine People's Alliance, and Be A Hero, founded by national health care advocate and ALS patient Ady Barkan has now raised over $1 million online from almost 40,000 small dollar donors to unseat Senator Collins, IF she decides to support the nomination of Kavanagh to the Supreme Court. See the campaign's metrics in real time by clicking here.

Instead of paying attention to the messages from her constituents, Senator Susan Collins ran to a notorious right wing news outlet to call the campaign “bribery.”

Jonathan Berkon, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group, defended the legality of the program. “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. 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.”

"The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by 35,000 small dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst,” said Marie Follayttar, the co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership.

“Thousands of Mainers are trying desperately to tell her that she needs to protect abortion access and critical healthcare coverage across the country by voting ‘no’ on Kavanaugh.”

“Sen. Collins owes it to her constituents to hear them out, and explain why Judge Kavanaugh's demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade, opposition to covering pre-existing conditions and repeated lies is not disqualifying. If she doesn't, we absolutely have the right to prepare to unseat her. Unlike Supreme Court judges, Senators do not enjoy a lifetime guarantee of their seat; they are accountable to the people.”

Ady Barkan, one of the founders of the Campaign said “Senator Collins took over $5 million from PACs and large donors like the Koch brothers. In exchange, she voted to cut their taxes and take healthcare away from people like me. Senator Collins may not really know what small dollar donations are, because during her last election campaign less than 3% of her money came from small dollar donors, while 44% came from PACs, but that still doesn't excuse smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing.”

Barkan, father dying of ALS, filmed the initial video begging Senator Collins to “be a hero” and vote “No” on Kavanaugh. Barkan originally gained national fame when he confronted Sen. Jeff Flake mid-flight with a plea to vote no on the tax bill.

Other support has been flooding in to the campaign that is well beyond $1 million now and gathered another $50k within the hour of Collins complaining that small donations could be seen as bribery.

Just a handful of responses can be seen here:

September 11, 2018

We've raised $1 millon - here's our statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 11, 2018

Contact: Marie Follayttar, mfalpac@gmail.com

Fundraising Campaign Pledging to Fund a Future Opponent to Sen. Collins Crosses $1 Million Threshold

SCARBOROUGH, ME  -- A small-dollar grassroots effort collecting pledges of $20.20 from concerned Mainers and activists has smashed its initial goal of $250,000 to  secure more than $1 million in pledged support of a potential challenger to Sen. Susan Collins in the 2020 election. The funds will only be made available to her future general election challenger in Maine's 2020 Senate race if Collins votes to confirm President Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court. The new milestone represents a major victory for activists. Senator Collins must listen to the outpouring of Mainers demanding she protect them and publicly pledge to vote against Judge Kavanaugh, who has indicated willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade and gut health care protections for America's most vulnerable.

Over 35,000 donors have pledged to this campaign with a median pledge of $20.20.

"For too long, politicians like Susan Collins have made the calculation that they can vote with corporations and entrenched right-wing interests, as long as the next election is too far away for constituents to remember," said Marie Follayttar, the co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, "That ends here. We're channeling the outrage and frustration of so many Mainers and activists who desperately want Sen. Collins to do the right thing and vote against Kavanaugh, but who also want her to know that we won't forget if she betrays us. There's already a very clear moral imperative to vote against Kavanaugh, and now Susan Collins has a political one too. We’ve called, we’ve emailed, we’ve visited her office - she won’t listen to us and we are going to stand together to make sure our voices are heard."

The online fundraising pledge effort is supported by Mainers for Accountable Leadership, the Maine People's Alliance, and Be A Hero, founded by national health care advocate and ALS patient Ady Barkan.

“When I speak together with the people of Maine, we can really make a difference for the entire country. Kavanaugh is a threat to my healthcare as well as thousands of others in the state of Maine and millions across America. The future of Americans’ healthcare for generations is once again coming down to the vote of Susan Collins,” said Ady Barkan. Barkan is the Father Dying of ALS made famous when he confronted Senator Jeff Flake on a plane in December 2017 begging him to vote against the tax bill and “Be A Hero”.

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Thanks for your support and for reading our release. We've caught Susan Collins' attention -- time to drive the point home.

September 7, 2018

Can you take a moment to help us reach our new $1.3 million goal?

This week has been huge for the Be A Hero movement, and it’s all thanks to you. We showed up in force to Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings with Women’s March and CPDA– and over 200 protesters were arrested.

We worked hard to reach our $500k fundraising goal, and then blew it out of the water. Now, our goal is to raise $1.3 million – the same amount as Senator Susan Collins has in her campaign bank account.

If you share our campaign with just three friends, we will reach that new goal. I know, it sounds like a lot of money. That’s because it is. But we’ve already raised over $670,000 and our movement has turned heads around the country doing it. With every arrest, every fist raised in protest and every voice raised in objection to the actions of this corrupt Republican judicial agenda, we send waves across the country.

Can you share our campaign with three friends right now?  We need your help to keep up the drumbeat against Kavanaugh and for our healthcare.

If there’s one thing this week has proven, it’s that when Trump and Republicans in Congress jeopardize our healthcare and our lives, the people – thousands of us – are ready to stand up, fight back and stop them.

September 6, 2018

We're almost at $500k so we're going for gold

We’ve raised nearly $500,000 in pledges in just a few shorts weeks -- but Senator Susan Collins STILL won’t commit to rejecting  Kavanaugh. So we’re taking things up a notch, and setting a NEW goal:

According to the latest fundraising reports, Senator Collins has $1,302,388 in her campaign bank account. So we’re going to match that, and raise $1,302,388 in pledges to support her future Democratic opponent if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.

This is going to be an enormous undertaking, but with so much at stake, it’s absolutely necessary. Senator Collins needs to know that Mainers will be able to unseat her if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh, and the only way to do that is to match her funding, dollar for dollar, so that it’s clear that her eventual opponent has the support to win.

This is our opportunity to show strength to Collins ahead of the vote -- we hope we can count on you to step up and help us make this happen by pledging and sharing this campaign. Thank you for all of your support so far.

-- Ady, Amy, and Marie

Be A Hero PAC

Maine People’s Alliance

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

September 4, 2018

Half a Million for Hearing Week - plus a new video from Maine

It's hearing week in DC - and America is turning it's eyes towards one of the most pivotal votes the Senate will make in this decade....

Last week a Huffington Post article announced that Senator Collins is leaning towards a vote for Brett Kavanaugh. We have one week. 

We are almost to our goal of $250,000 so we have upped it one last time to be ready for this week. $500,000

If everyone on the campaign invited 2 other friends to pledge $20.20 we would be over half a million. 

On Friday Mainers got together from Portland, Lewiston, Hallowell, Cornish, Augusta, Camden, South Portland, and Fort Fairfield  and made a special video for Collins.

Vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh - or we will replace you. 

You can watch it here. 

We have one shot for her to hear her constituents. 

Please share their video and ask your friends to support the Mainers. 

We must #STOPKAVANAUGH

August 28, 2018

NowThis is sharing our story!

NowThis just shared our campaign. That's because of you!!

Conditional pledging has never been tested before like this when it comes to a key vote. 

Thank you for what you do. 

If everyone shared this campaign and got 2 more people to pledge to this campaign, we could hit half a million. 

Let's keep fighting. 

-Ady 

August 24, 2018

Mainers for Accountable Leadership are joining our campaign!

We have wonderful news,

Mainers for Accountable Leadership are joining our campaign! 

I met with them a few weeks ago when the Be A Hero team went to visit Senator Collins in her home state to plead with her not to vote for Kavanaugh. 

She has to understand that her constituents want her to vote NO. 

This isn't about outside influence. The people of Maine are running this campaign.  Starting Monday Mainers for Accountable Leadership will be holding phone banks to call through voters in Maine to ensure that IF Collins votes for Kavanaugh they will be ready to take her on!! The pledges you've made so far are helping them send a strong message to Senator Collins that they mean business.

"Maine people are speaking out and saying a vote for Kavanaugh is intolerable. We're building momentum every day, and Susan Collins needs to respect the fact that Maine lives are at stake, and we will hold her accountable,” said Marie Follayttar, Co-Director of MFAL. “We're excited to once again join with Ady to promote and amplify Maine voices."

Please lets keep up this momentum and pledge to this campaign, share this campaign and support the good people of Maine. 


- In solidarity - Ady



August 23, 2018

CORRECTION: Morgan J. Freeman is with us (not the actor), and so are thousands of others

Apologies to TV producer Morgan J Freeman, and to the actor Morgan Freeman we mistook him for! Look those twitter handles are tough man.

Now let’s take this opportunity to make sure *every Morgan* on the planet hears about our campaign and signs up to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Here’s a quick list of the amazing support we’ve had:

We're upping our goal to $500,000 and we need your help to hit it by Monday. Please accept our apologies and share our campaign with 5 friends today!

August 23, 2018

CORRECTION: Morgan J. Freeman is with us (not the actor), and so are thousands of others

Apologies to TV producer Morgan J Freeman, and to the actor Morgan Freeman we mistook him for! Those twitter handles are tough!

Now let’s take this opportunity to make sure *every Morgan* on the planet hears about our campaign and signs up to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Here’s a quick list of the amazing support we’ve had:

We're upping our goal to $500,000 and we need your help to hit it by Monday. Please accept our apologies and share our campaign with 5 friends today!

August 21, 2018

We hit the goal! We can do this - it's possible - please share this

Hi Everyone, 

This is amazing - I cant believe we surpassed our goal already! We are rocketing ahead. 

$100k and moving up! 

Our lives and our children's lives depend on this. 

Thank you so much to all of you for supporting us and pushing this story. We are going to keep upping this goal. Susan Collins has $1.5 million "Cash on Hand". 

If each of you got one person to match your donation we will get to $200k. If we get 5 people to match we get to half a million by the end of the week - and there is no way that Senator Collins can ignore that. 

Please share this campaign, please make sure people are pledging - lives are at stake. We need you. 

In solidarity - Ady

August 17, 2018

We surpassed the goal! Keep fighting!

You are all incredible! We got past 1000 pledges and past $50,000. This is an amazing start to this campaign. Senator Collins has $1.5million cash on hand. We need her to hear our message. She has to vote NO on Kavanaugh! Our future depends on it. Please get 10 of your friends to pledge. If we do we will get to $500k and make sure she can hear us. She must vote NO. Grassroots donations can make the difference.

#StopKavanaugh 

Thank you so much for your support. 


In solidarity 

Ady 

August 17, 2018

So close to our first goal of 1000 pledges!

Thank you to everyone who has pledged to this campaign so far! 

We really are sending Senator Collins a message. Please make sure you share this campaign on Twitter and ask others to pledge. We are 40 pledges away from our first goal of 1000. Let's keep pushing. 

A Vote for Kavanaugh is a vote for our own funeral - we must fight back. 

- Ady 




August 16, 2018

Please ask 5 other people to pledge to this campaign!

We have 110 pledges so far in just the last hour an a half! This means if each of you asked 5 other folks to pledge we would reach our 550 pledges and be half way to our goal TODAY. 

Please keep it coming - this will help us get on the media, and get this campaign in front of Collins. It's time to push hard and show that there are serious ramifications to her actions. 


In Solidarity - Ady

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  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I feel Kavanaugh will only add to the dishonesty in government”

  • endorsed

    “As a 70 year old grandmother from Texas. I have had it with Susan Collins and her wishy washy position on Roe v Wade. In 1970 the summer I graduated from college, my roommate had an illegal abortion. I was elected to take the remains to the dumpster. She got an infection and was not able to have children. Take a stand Susan Collins and quit this attention getting game you are playing!!!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I gladly will donate to this cause even though I don't live in your state. She needs to feel the pain of not listening to the american people.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “It's time to put this country over politics. If Senator Collins cannot see that this nomination represents a step backward toward a conservationism that is not representative of the MAJORITY, then she needs to go.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe the person calling for an investigation (Dr. Christine Blasey Ford). Doesn’t take a rocket scientist, Repubs!”

  • endorsed

    “Until Citizen's United is overturned, this is the only way to effectively influence elections and gives individual citizens the same electoral power as big corporations (but only if we band together.) They are only fighting for money but we are fighting for our lives!”

  • endorsed

    “Sen. Collins is wish washy when it comes to defending women’s rights and healthcare in Maine. Either she be clear as a bell and reject Kavanaugh or we reject her representing the women and reproductive rights of woman. She is not a statesman, but a slippery politician.”

  • endorsed

    “Kavanaugh is not the only judge out there. How about we nominate and appoint someone who's reputation is not stained by a sexual scandal, who doesn't live in the era when women were considered property to make decisions for and about, and who is not ashamed of his own views to answer questions during the Senate hearings?”

  • endorsed

    “Money talks in this world of politics, and even though I hate it, until we have publicly funded elections those of us who advocate it have to use the same tactics as the "funders" of our politicians. Join this effort to require that our Supreme Court nomination process be sincere and thorough.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Kavanaugh’s appointment is a life-long one. The American people deserve a justice who represents all of our interests, not just the rich white male ones.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I'm putting my money on the line not as a threat to Senator Collins, but because I believe in Senator Collins to do the right thing for women in this country.”