This according to the Philadelphia-based Jewish Exponent.
The kicker--wait for it--is that Collins says she wants to raise most of that money outside Maine:
Collins said that she needs to raise at least $8 million to remain competitive, the bulk of which would need to come from out-of-state donors.Where to start?
In fact, picking up some campaign cash was high on Collins' agenda while here in Pennsylvania.
Toward that end, [Republican Jewish Coalition] member Judy Davidson hosted a Sunday-night fundraiser for the senator in Chester County.
It's worth mentioning, first, that I've never understood the view that money raised out-of-state is somehow tainted. This is a big country, we're all Americans and we all have a right (a duty?) to be involved in the national political process.
But here's the thing: That position has not been Sen. Collin's position.
In fact, back in April, she castigated her political opponents for daring to use out-of-state dollars to fuel their ad campaign.
And now she's not only welcoming out-of-state donations. She's making them the backbone of her financing operation and declaring them a critical part of her campaign strategy?
Others can decide where this ranks on the hypocrisy meter.
But the next time the Collins camp talks about the nefarious influence of Maine outsiders, the first question should be why they're defaming their own donors.