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


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

  • endorsed

    “I don’t live in Maine now but my brother and his daughter went to Colby College in Waterville so our family has a big attachment to Maine. I am absolutely disgusted with Susan Collins. I believe Dr. Ford 100%. Shame on you Susan Collins. You have betrayed women everywhere.”

  • endorsed

    “I support replacing Sen. Collins with someone that puts humanity above partisanship.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins was not acting in good faith when she said she wanted to see the outcome of the FBI investigation before she made her decision. If she was she would have demanded a full good faith investigation. This was a sham made to appear real. Susan Collins fooled no one but herself.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins is a let down for all women everywhere. I had to explain to my 17 year old daughter why Susan Collins didn't believe a 15 year old sexual assault victim. I support a future opponent who will be the voice for young women, not betray them.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Collins' future opponent because she's a sell out to the values she claims to stand for. She's become a political hack for Donald Trump.”

  • endorsed

    “Buh-bye, Susan, from a San Franciscan who is disgusted by your vote (among many others) to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an Injustice of the Supreme Court. Oh, and this donation is just a down-payment; expect many more contributions to your opponent once they are selected.”

  • endorsed

    “The moral leadership and courage that John McCain showed in his party appears to have died with him. Why even have 100 Senators if Susan Collins and others don't INDIVIDUALLY represent the majority values and beliefs of the own states and instead vote like a block of mind-controlled automatons? Susan Collins crushed the very soul of ME voters, and tens of millions of women all across America with her vile decision to put party over decency and morality. It's time to crush her political career in response.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins used not only her vote but her reasoning behind it to betray women and survivors of sexual assault everywhere and has since complained that this fund for her future opponent exists while taking money from corporate interests. I hope she goes down in history as the traitor to women that she is. I don't live in Maine to personally vote her out, but I'm happy to contribute. Bye bye!”

  • endorsed

    “Judicial Crisis Network launched a six-figure TV and digital ad campaign in Maine thanking Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) for supporting Justice Kavanaugh.”

  • endorsed

    “She has let us down time and time again, voting party over country. It's time to go.”

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:

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

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I don’t live in Maine now but my brother and his daughter went to Colby College in Waterville so our family has a big attachment to Maine. I am absolutely disgusted with Susan Collins. I believe Dr. Ford 100%. Shame on you Susan Collins. You have betrayed women everywhere.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support replacing Sen. Collins with someone that puts humanity above partisanship.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins was not acting in good faith when she said she wanted to see the outcome of the FBI investigation before she made her decision. If she was she would have demanded a full good faith investigation. This was a sham made to appear real. Susan Collins fooled no one but herself.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins is a let down for all women everywhere. I had to explain to my 17 year old daughter why Susan Collins didn't believe a 15 year old sexual assault victim. I support a future opponent who will be the voice for young women, not betray them.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Collins' future opponent because she's a sell out to the values she claims to stand for. She's become a political hack for Donald Trump.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Buh-bye, Susan, from a San Franciscan who is disgusted by your vote (among many others) to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an Injustice of the Supreme Court. Oh, and this donation is just a down-payment; expect many more contributions to your opponent once they are selected.”

  • endorsed

    “The moral leadership and courage that John McCain showed in his party appears to have died with him. Why even have 100 Senators if Susan Collins and others don't INDIVIDUALLY represent the majority values and beliefs of the own states and instead vote like a block of mind-controlled automatons? Susan Collins crushed the very soul of ME voters, and tens of millions of women all across America with her vile decision to put party over decency and morality. It's time to crush her political career in response.”

  • endorsed

    “Susan Collins used not only her vote but her reasoning behind it to betray women and survivors of sexual assault everywhere and has since complained that this fund for her future opponent exists while taking money from corporate interests. I hope she goes down in history as the traitor to women that she is. I don't live in Maine to personally vote her out, but I'm happy to contribute. Bye bye!”

  • endorsed

    “Judicial Crisis Network launched a six-figure TV and digital ad campaign in Maine thanking Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) for supporting Justice Kavanaugh.”

  • endorsed

    “She has let us down time and time again, voting party over country. It's time to go.”

  • endorsed

    “I can't believe as a woman, you wouldn't believe a woman. If she was credible, as Collins stated, then she was telling the truth, period. She caved to the pressure of the GOP establishment. Her 22 years in the Senate should come to an end. Thank you for your service Ms. Collins but you are no longer needed in this capacity. Spend more time with your grandchildren. That is where you are needed. Maybe you can send a better message to them about how men should treat women.”

  • endorsed

    “I don't live in Maine but Senator Collins vote affected me. She caught the 'Republican Flu' and now lies to her constituents like the rest of that party. I have 2 excellent Senators and you only have 1. Get her out, please. The Judicial Crisis Network is a PAC that ran ads for Judge Kavanaugh now they are supporting Collins. Look who got a REAL bribe.”

  • endorsed

    “she proved she isn’t “pro-choice” at all.”

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  • endorsed

    “I have been so excited about this fundraising. I just saw another person say that they will give every year if it is kept up. I will, too!”