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FBI Suspects Susan Collins Received Illegal Campaign Contributions From A Defense Contractor: Report

In the 2020 election, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Many said it to be a miracle that she managed to beat her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, by over eight percentage points.

But could Collins have won in part because she took illegal campaign contributions from a major defense contractor that has operations in Maine?

Ken Vogel of the New York Times noted Tuesday on Twitter that he’d run across a search warrant for the phones of two executives of the Martin Defense Group. The FBI, it should be noted, obtained the search warrants back in April:

It remains unclear if either Collins or her campaign knew about the contributions from the two men who work for Martin Defense.

 

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Coronavirus Elections GOP Whining

Today Was The Day Susan Collins Guaranteed She Won’t Be Reelected

It’s been nearly two months since we last heard from Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), yet in that time she clearly hasn’t gotten any wiser when it comes to doing the right thing and taking a principled stand against the extremists in the Republican Party.


You probably recall that after Collins voted not to convict Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, she made a ludicrous statement that she was confident the president had learned from being impeached, commenting:

“I believe that the president has learned from this case. The president has been impeached. That’s a pretty big lesson.”


On Monday, Sen. Collins took to the floor of the Senate during debate on a coronavirus relief bill that was little more than a massive handout of trillions of tax dollars to large corporations, including a $500 billion slush fund that would be controlled by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who wouldn’t have to reveal who had received the money for six months.

Her voice filled with fake outrage, Collins declared:

“I cannot believe the objections to proceeding to this package. Is this package perfect? No, but that’s why negotiations are still going on. But don’t we want to act quickly to provide relief to the American workers?

“This is disgraceful. We do not have time. Time is not on our side. Let’s get the job done for the American people.”

Sure! Let’s throw trillions of dollars at the largest multinational corporations in the world and give $1,200 to workers who are without a job and may not have one for months to come. Apparently Sen. Collins think the majority of us are willing to take the crumbs that fall off the table while the richest Americans enjoy a seven-course feast.


As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DNY) noted after Collins spoke, none of us need more “crocodile tears” from a hypocrite like the Maine senator:

Susan Collins is all but guaranteed to lose come November. She could have gone out with dignity. Instead, she chose to be remembered as a whiny partisan hack who won’t be missed in the least when the voters kick her to the curb.