Sen. Collins' recent video makes a big deal about the out-of-state dollars fueling her opposition.
This is a standard attack line for desperate, vulnerable politicians--imputing nefarious motives to opponents rather than engaging the opposition's arguments--but I've never understood why anyone would take this line of reasoning seriously.
I mean, Sen. Collins isn't ready to make the argument that Maine politics should be entirely free of out-of-state money, is she? She isn't ready, for example, to swear off out-of-state donations?
Well, no: Turns out she's just received a $10,000 donation from Snow PAC, operated by Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-UT).
Yes, you read that right--Collins' accepted a whopping $10,000 out-of-state check less than a month before she launched a web ad castigating her opponents for accepting dollars from outside of Maine.
But Collins' hypocrisy is just the half of it.
Just as important to note is that Bennett is one of the most conservative politicians in Washington: In the past several years, he's received zero ratings (out of 100) from Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Children's Defense Fund and the American Wilderness Coalition.
So, not only is Sen. Collins accepting out-of-state dollars--she's accepting them from a man with a couldn't-be-worse record on abortion, environmental and women's issues.
The question, of course, is why such a conservative senator would be so heavily invested in the re-election of the nominally pro-choice, pro-environment Collins.
I think we all know the answer.