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Collins Continues to Abuse Taxpayer Resources To Promote Reelection Campaign

By Cole Driver on February 28, 2020.

Last week, in yet another potential violation of Senate ethics rules, Sen. Susan Collins sent an official government staffer to a private GOP fundraising event in Washington County, Maine to implore its attendees to support Collin’s reelection campaign. The potential violation comes after numerous other allegations of ethics violations have dogged Senator Collins and her government work for more than one year.

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Collins – Like Trump – Has Long Had Sights Set on Slashing Medicare, Social Security

By Cole Driver on February 13, 2020.

In an interview with CNBC in January, President Trump laid bare his intent to cut Medicare and Social Security should he be reelected to a second term. “At some point they will be,” Trump said. “At the right time, we will take a look at that.” And despite attempts to distance herself from President Trump’s flagrant promise, Susan Collins has a long history of supporting similar attempts to gut these vital programs that provide essential benefits for senior Mainers every year.

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Collins Used Official Resources For Campaign Promotion, Possibly Violating Federal Law

By Cole Driver on November 11, 2019.

In a potential violation of federal law and Senate ethics rules, Republican Sen. Susan Collins used official resources to staff and produce a campaign advertisement promoted across Facebook in Sept. 2019.

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Collins Took Campaign Cash From Top Opioid Distributors, Purdue Pharma’s Jonathan Sackler

By Cole Driver on October 28, 2019.

Since 2001, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has accepted over $150,000 in campaign contributions from corporate PACs of the largest six U.S. opioid distributors and manufacturers -- McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS and Walmart -- responsible for the widespread distribution of nearly 75% of prescription opioids in Maine between 2006 and 2012.

Since the beginning of Collins’ Senate career, drug induced deaths likely linked to the crisis have been on the rise in Maine. In 2017, over 400 Mainers lost their lives to a lethal drug overdose, tabbing the State of Maine as having the 8th most drug induced deaths per 100,000 people in the United States that year. Over a ten year period between 2006 and 2016 in Penobscot County, for example, over 56 pills were distributed per person, of which a majority were likely from the same distributors bankrolling Collins’ reelection campaigns.

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Collins Voted Eight Times For Republican Plans To Gut Medicare

By Cole Driver on October 25, 2019.

Despite hailing herself a champion of Maine seniors, Sen. Susan Collins has repeatedly voted for Republican legislation that would have slashed funding for Medicare benefits and against multiple proposals to protect or expand Social Security funding.

According to a review by American Ledger, between 1997 and 2017 Collins voted at least eight separate times for GOP budgets that attempted to slash funding for Medicare.

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Analysis: Susan Collins Repeatedly Voted to Undermine Medicare, Social Security

By Cole Driver on August 13, 2019.

Contrary to a misleading fact-check on her Medicare and Social Security record recently posted by her campaign, Sen. Susan Collins has repeatedly voted for Republican legislation that would have slashed funding for Medicare benefits and against multiple proposals to protect or expand Social Security funding.

According to a review by American Ledger, between 1997 and 2017 Collins voted at least eight separate times for GOP budgets that attempted to slash funding for Medicare.

Corruption & Secrecy | Maine

FEC Reports Suggest Collins Violated Ethics Rules By Accepting Campaign Contributions From Her Government Staff

By Cole Driver on August 1, 2019.

As recently as January 2019, Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign accepted illegal contributions from her own government staffers in an apparent violation of Senate ethics rules and federal law. The actions undermine decades-old promises to cease the illicit activities of her campaign in the late 90s.

According to reporting by The Hill from 1998, Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign violated Sec. 603 of the Federal criminal code, which states that it is illegal for a Member of Congress to accept political contributions, including an “advance of money,” from employees in their federal offices even if it is promptly reimbursed. Her chief of staff, Steve Abbott responded to the allegations from The Hill by vowing that this illegal practice would not continue. He also thanked the outlet for bringing the law to his attention, which he said the campaign was “not familiar” with.

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