Erick Erickson

Democrats Attempt to Extort Senator Susan Collins

By publicly promising to pay money to someone if a vote goes a certain way, Democrats are running afoul of federal law.

The anger Democrats have embraced against the Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has turned criminal. Democrats in Maine have started a crowd sourcing fund to raise money for a challenger to Susan Collins if she votes for Kavanaugh. The if is important because they are threatening action based on a voting condition. That may very well run afoul of federal law.

If someone wants to run against Collins because of her vote, that is perfectly legal. But to tell Collins a punitive act against her will happen if she votes a particular way is illegal. Telling her someone will be given money to defeat her if she votes a certain way falls into that ethically.

As the Washington Post notes

At least one ethics expert consulted by The Washington Post said that it may very well violate federal bribery statutes, which prohibit giving or offering anything of value to government officials in exchange for any acts or votes. And Collins issued a sharply worded response through a spokeswoman that called it an attempt at extortion. “And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn’t know her,” spokeswoman Annie Clark said in a statement. “Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever.”

Another legal expert told Collins it sounds more like extortion, which I agree with. Senator Orrin Hatch is calling on Senate Democrats to publicly reject this extortion.

24 Responses

  • centerright

    Sep 12, 2018

    What tactics have the Dems used to pressure Lisa Murkowski?

  • Tiredofthelies

    Sep 12, 2018

    I think they should just plan on somebody running against her.

  • aprilmoon

    Sep 12, 2018

    I'm tired of this whole charade. Kavanaugh wasn't my choice, but he is going to get in. Put on your big boy pants and start making sure that the supreme court doesn't become a corporate bastion, by making laws that don't make it to the supreme court. I am pretty pissed off at both the left and the right.

  • DriverZn

    Sep 12, 2018

    Someone explain how this was ok: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/359606-graham-financial-contributions-will-stop-if-gop-doesnt-pass-tax-reform But private voters doing something similar isn't?

  • DiningWithTheChef

    Sep 12, 2018

    It's not bribery at all - Collins never gets the money in any scenario - a future candidate who will run against her does only if she votes yes. If Collins votes no, the people supporting this plan aren't even charged any money. As for extortion - How is this any different than saying "if you vote for x we will primary you"? There's no difference whatsoever. To claim this is bribery or extortion is to claim you don't know the meaning of those words. Claim away, morons.

  • Robert Moore

    Sep 12, 2018

    Isn't it interesting that the line of defense of Collins by the right-wing writers is not that she will make a vote for what they want (illegal abortion) and instead they have to make things up? The other side of this fight is perfectly clear: they want abortion to stay legal, so they don't want this nominee confirmed. Why can't Republicans be that honest?

  • DiningWithTheChef

    Sep 12, 2018

    I guess constituents demanding ANYTHING that doesn't align with the personal wishes of their elected officials is now extortion. Lame, Erick. Very lame.

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