For the past several months, Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership partnered with dying father Ady Barkan of Be a Hero to beg Senator Collins to vote "no" on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


Senator Collins betrayed the public trust when she voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.


The people of Maine have been clear with you, Senator Collins: the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Justice is a threat to all Mainers. Kavanaugh is committed to ending healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions. He is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. His confirmation poses a danger for millions of families in Maine and across America.


Senator, your deciding vote was a rubber-stamp for Trump’s anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-environment and anti-labor agenda.


For failing to stand up for the people of Maine and ignoring the voices of your constituents, and for endangering the lives of millions of Americans, we will work to elect a new senator to represent the State of Maine. 

Every dollar donated to this campaign will be used to fund your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020.  Mainers deserve a senator who will fight for a country that works for all of us.

Be A Hero Team
Maine People's Alliance
Mainers for Accountable Leadership


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  • endorsed

    “We must achieve Democratic Majority in US SENATE. Nothing is getting accomplished, in our government. The welfare of our DEMOCRACY, is at stake! I would like HANNAH PINGREE, consider running for the seat.Thanks.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Susan Collins' opponent because she cares more about her senate seat and the Republican Party than she cares about women, regardless of their political party.”

  • endorsed

    “We need elected officials with backbone,not just clinging to coattails,out of fear of not being re-elected!”

  • endorsed

    “I support primary challenges to all establishment politicians on principle. Policies supported by the majority of Americans should always be on the table, regardless of whether existing politicians like them.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins is some kind of bizarre sociopathic media-seeking hypocrite. She hems and haws, wrings her hands in some kind of fake "concern," she extracts political concessions for her vote, and then she shows she was a "safe" Republican sellout all along. Maine: rise up!”

  • endorsed

    “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation.”

  • endorsed

    “She pretended to want to have the Senate act as more of a check on Trump's worst pronouncements, but caved in entirely to McConnell and Trump without really doing anything.”

  • endorsed

    “Collins pretends to be a moderate voice, staying in the news cycles, waiting until the last moment to vote with all the other conservatives and her mentor, Donald Trump. She needs to go.”

  • endorsed

    “Because I LOATH Susan Collins”

  • endorsed

    “Her political star has fallen down the rabbit hole of Trump's dark and hollow American abyss. Between her votes for the tax cuts, and Kavanaugh, she decided to carelessly discard the future of Maine's girls and women. Her Kavanaugh vote was delusional, and her long meandering speech was proof. She knew her vote was wrong. She put her faith in a questionable character, for the rest of our lives, instead of all the girls yet to be born. It was an awful display of irrational and dystopian reasoning. Clearly, her past support for women's rights has been an expedient sham. Oh my goodness, what a disappointment. Please use my donation to work for a true and brave advocate for women and the middle class. Thank you.”

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.

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

  • endorsed

    “We must achieve Democratic Majority in US SENATE. Nothing is getting accomplished, in our government. The welfare of our DEMOCRACY, is at stake! I would like HANNAH PINGREE, consider running for the seat.Thanks.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Susan Collins' opponent because she cares more about her senate seat and the Republican Party than she cares about women, regardless of their political party.”

  • endorsed

    “We need elected officials with backbone,not just clinging to coattails,out of fear of not being re-elected!”

  • endorsed

    “I support primary challenges to all establishment politicians on principle. Policies supported by the majority of Americans should always be on the table, regardless of whether existing politicians like them.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins is some kind of bizarre sociopathic media-seeking hypocrite. She hems and haws, wrings her hands in some kind of fake "concern," she extracts political concessions for her vote, and then she shows she was a "safe" Republican sellout all along. Maine: rise up!”

  • endorsed

    “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation.”

  • endorsed

    “She pretended to want to have the Senate act as more of a check on Trump's worst pronouncements, but caved in entirely to McConnell and Trump without really doing anything.”

  • endorsed

    “Collins pretends to be a moderate voice, staying in the news cycles, waiting until the last moment to vote with all the other conservatives and her mentor, Donald Trump. She needs to go.”

  • endorsed

    “Because I LOATH Susan Collins”

  • endorsed

    “Her political star has fallen down the rabbit hole of Trump's dark and hollow American abyss. Between her votes for the tax cuts, and Kavanaugh, she decided to carelessly discard the future of Maine's girls and women. Her Kavanaugh vote was delusional, and her long meandering speech was proof. She knew her vote was wrong. She put her faith in a questionable character, for the rest of our lives, instead of all the girls yet to be born. It was an awful display of irrational and dystopian reasoning. Clearly, her past support for women's rights has been an expedient sham. Oh my goodness, what a disappointment. Please use my donation to work for a true and brave advocate for women and the middle class. Thank you.”

  • endorsed

    “I am a transplant from MA to ME and was furious with her support for Kavanaugh, as well as caving on tax reform. ABC - Anyone But Collins.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins failed to uphold her oath of office, by not properly investigating a credible allegation of SEXUAL ASSAULT against a judge seeking Senate approval, before confirming him. This is egregious behaviour from a woman that should know better. You don't deserve to be a US Senator.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe Senator Susan Collins represents the interests of a handful of wealthy people, not those of her constituents. I believe it’s time for new representatives in Congress and the Senate who reflect the views of progressive women and men and are willing to work together for a better world. I believe we should replace Senator Collins.”

  • endorsed

    “Times Up.”

  • endorsed

    “The only thing worse than not voting in times of worsening habitual problems is voting for a habitual politicians. They are not professional because the do no speak (fess) words to take up forward (pro). If they do any fessing, they should fess up a confessional. Habitual politicians are the original habitual offenders from which all others grow. When politicians make good policies then the polity in the polis will be polite without police.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support Fund Susan Collins' Future Opponent because her PAC made the maximum donation in support of Hyde-Smith (a racist Republican Senator from Mississippi).”

  • endorsed

    “Need to start a fund to vote out #fivewhiteguys. Susan Collins probably won't run again. Not sorry to have donated here, but $4m should be the end. Other priorities for 2020.”

  • endorsed

    “She is one of trumps little Puppets...who does not consider the Wishes of the people she Serves...”