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The Portland Press Herald Got it Wrong on the Crowdfunding “Bribe” of Senator Collins

Sep 19, 2018

The Portland Press Herald recent editorial on Senator Collins missed the mark.

The Editorial board wrote, “A crowdfunding campaign sends the same message that wealthy donors deliver via PACs,” comparing campaign donations and legitimate political operations to this crowdfunding threat, citing it to be a First Amendment Right.

Last time I checked, it was bribery for wealthy donors to say “vote this way or I’ll give a million dollars to your opponent.” Senator Collins’ office even discussed the legality of the crowdfunding campaign with several lawyers who advised that it was possibly illegal.

This is just the latest in another absurd tactic to intimidate Senator Collins, who is perhaps the most important vote in the senate, into submission. Luckily, rape threats, coathangers delivered to her office, and the threat of a large donation to a still unknown opponent are unlikely to sway Maine’s senior senator in either direction as Senator Collins has displayed that she is more than capable of thinking for herself.

Barbara Campbell Harvey of Portland was elected as Secretary of the Maine Republican Party in 2015 and unanimously re-elected in 2017. In addition to her vast experience with Republican political organizations across Maine, Ms. Harvey also has served in a variety of positions for well-known organizations such as the Maine Education Loan Authority Board, LearningWorks, First Radio Parish Church of America, and Friends of the Blaine House. Ms. Harvey received her Master’s Degree in political science at Northeastern and lives in Portland, Maine.

 

Next CCRC General Meeting

(A Christmas Party)

Join the CCRC on Friday, December 14th, from 6 – 9pm at the Westbrook Masonic Lodge, located at 573 Main Street in Westbrook (across from the Public Safety Building).

Enjoy fellowship and food and hear from our 2018 candidates regarding their experiences this fall. This year’s party will be a potluck. Please let me know if you are able to bring some food to share.

John Doyle

Events

The Gubernatorial Debates
Shawn Moody needs YOU at the many upcoming gubernatorial debates to let viewers and listeners know how broad and passionate is his support!
Gray Republicans: Meet and Greet the Candidates
Meet and Greet the Candidates!
Cruisin’ With the Candidates!
Save the date so that you can join the CCRC as we help bring the Party and the candidates to the islanders in the Casco Bay while riding in style on a beautiful boat! We will depart from Portland at 5pm and return at approximately 8pm.
Cumberland County Fair
Parade on Sunday the 23rd and our booth throughout the week!
MakeShift Coffee House at the Veterans’ Center
Enjoy free food and music and the chance to win hearts and minds by letting folks know why you are a proud Republican.

Election Races

Shawn Moody for Governor
Eric Brakey for US Senate
Mark Holbrook for US Congress