Where is Susan Collins? Holding Out-of-State Fundraisers Instead of Town Halls
When she first ran for office, Collins said we should limit out-of-state money but now relies on it – only 13 Mainers gave more than $200 to Collins in the first three months of 2019
Congress is on recess this week to give senators time to hear from their constituents – but Susan Collins is holding out-of-state fundraisers for her reelection. Senator Collins has already raised five times more from Texas oil and gas interests than she did from Mainers – and 99 percent of all the money she reported this year came from out-of-state. Her reliance on special interests and support outside of Maine is a departure from a position she took more than 20 years ago when she first ran for Senate to limit out-of-state money.
Even if she did come back to Maine, one thing constituents won’t get is the opportunity to attend a town hall - something Collins has refused to do in roughly 20 years, and she even “stonewalled” efforts to hold such a meeting at all. She would face tough questions about her reliable votes to repeal health care and pre-existing conditions protections, a tax bill that handed out corporate welfare while sticking it to everyday Mainers, and anti-choice judges who could overturn Roe v. Wade.