Grassley wants to raise $3 million for Susan Collins amid Kavanaugh backlash

Collins’ re-election is a far way off considering voters are still roughly a month away from heading to the polls for the 2018 midterms. But a cadre of progressive groups has already crowdsourced more than $4.4 million to bolster Collins’ Democratic opponent in 2020, money it would have used to back Collins had she voted against Kavanaugh, who was confirmed on Saturday on a mostly party line vote, 50-48.

Grassley called the progressive groups’ reward-punishment money offer “abominable,” and told Fox News he’d like to raise $3 million to help keep Collins in office.

“It just goes to show you how narrow the thinking of the opposition to Kavanaugh was, that they would say those extremist … positions about a person that’s been with them most of the time,” Grassley said.