If you're wondering why Sen. Collins was one of just 16 senators to oppose both a Democratic plan to increase the minimum wage and the Republican substitute, we may have the answer:
There are benefits to having friends with money.
In fact, the corporate-friendly US Chamber of Commerce is one of the few groups the junior senator has sided with more often than she's thrown her lot in with President Bush.
(They pro-business group has pledged more than $20 million to a handful of races around the country.)
As we've mentioned previously, Susan Collins is a dream candidate for big business. So it's not surprising that corporate interests would invest so heavily in her reelection.
And yet, aside from the new AFL-CIO mailer, her economic record has received virtually no scrutiny as of late.