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U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Susan Collins raising more N.J. money than Democratic opponent

Nicholas Brady, ex-U.S. Senator from New Jersey, is a major Collins donor

By David Wildstein, February 18 2020 6:01 pm

In the closely-watched U.S. Senate race in Maine, Republican incumbent Susan Collins has outraised her Democratic opponent by a 3-1 margin in New Jersey.

Collins has raised $171,35 from New Jersey donors, including $5,600 from New Jersey GOP fundraiser Candy Straight and Nicholas Brady, a former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Treasury.  Former Gov. Thomas Kean has contributed $2,800 to Collins.

Brady and his wife, Katherine, each contributed $50,000 to the 1820 PAC, a super PAC formed to help Collins win a fifth term in the Senate.   Brady was a Republican U.S. Senator from New Jersey for eight month in 1982 after Kean appointed him to fill a vacancy.   He was treasury secretary under Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Democrat Sara Gideon, the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, has raised $52,386 from New Jersey.  Her top New Jersey donors are Robert Bildner and Elisa Spungen Bildner, who each contributed $5,600.

Gideon also received $2,800 checks from former Corzine administration official Gary Rose and Orin Kramer, once dubbed the “King of the New York Obamasaurs.

A Colby College poll released today shows the race effectively tied, with Gideon at 43% and Collins at 42%.

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