Susan Collins had the best non-election year quarter in her career, raising $1.8 million in Q4 2018. For the over-$200 donations (the ones that are tracked by address) $900K of that was from out-of-state donations, and $19K was from Mainers.
Collins was the target of a fundraising effort for her opponent that raised $3.5 million if she voted for Kavanaugh. She called that campaign “bribery” and “extortion” at the time.
So if a bunch of MAGAs send you money for voting for a sexual predator, I guess that’s a good thing? Otherwise, extortion.
This is going to be an interesting race to watch, because it’s a probable turnover in a small state with a cheap media market. At some point, Collins and her challenger will have more money than they can possibly spend to good effect. And still, they’ll both probably get more money. How much is enough? When do you stop giving in these races, and push the money to longer shots with less cash?