Maine GOP Senator Susan Collins Launches Mock ‘Fundraising Police’ Attack on Sara Gideon
Some high profile Republicans who claimed the best Democrats wanted to fund the police performed poorly on our Truth-O-Meter.
We evaluated False President Donald Trump’s assertion that Joe Biden wanted to fund the police. And an attack by US Senator Martha McSally, R-Arizona, on her Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, has been taken. Pants on fire.
Now comes a more targeted attack in another crucial Nov. 3 race, the Senate contest in Maine pitting Republican Senator Susan Collins against Democrat Sara Gideon.
Collins alleges in an advertisement that Gideon “voted to fund” the City of Freeport in Maine Police Department “and donated the money to a nonprofit she helped run.”
Both parts of this refund request also fail:
Collins selected a vote from Gideon to consolidate Freeport’s police dispatch services with those in a neighboring town, saving money for Freeport.
Gideon did not donate any money to the nonprofit she served on the board of directors for. Unrelated to the shipping issue, she joined a city council vote to cancel part of a loan to the association.
A tossup race
What is “funding the police”?
Police departments typically allocate most of their budgets to salaries, and what remains is used for equipment, training, and community programs.
In the movement To define policing, some activists want to eliminate policing altogether, while others want to re-examine the functions of policing and redirect some of their funding to other community services. But the Collins announcement abused the term “defund” to describe a budget movement that is unrelated to that movement at all.
A vote to save money on the police does not necessarily have to fund the police. Gideon said – during a debate, in a clip used by the ad itself – that, as Biden, it does not support police funding.
Gideon was part of a 5-2 majority on Freeport City Council which voted in May 2010 to fully consolidate police dispatching services with another city, Brunswick, saving Freeport about $ 73,750 in 2011. budget.
Brunswick was already manage the dispatch of Freeport 911 calls; the 2010 vote added non-urgent dispatch. The vote did not change the number of police on the streets.
Gideon’s campaign cited minutes showing Gideon voted for annual city budgets that increased police funding. The 2013 city budget provided $ 192,000 more in police funding – totaling the general police, special application and police dispatch accounts – than the 2010 budget, which was in place. when she took up her duties. The point is, Freeport’s police budgets increased – not decreased – while Gideon was a member of city council.
To substantiate the second part of the ad’s claim, the Collins campaign accuses Gideon, “after receiving funding from the police department,” of voting four months later to provide aid of about 70,000 $ to Freeport Community Services, a non-profit organization for which she was a board member.
Gideon helped with projects but was not involved in day-to-day operations, which were managed by an executive director, a campaign spokesperson for Gideon said.
Gideon, who noted at the meeting that she was a board member, joined the city council majority in September 2010 by a 4-0 vote, with one abstention. The vote had to to forgive part of a loan that had been made to Freeport Community Services. Meeting minutes indicate that by approving the vote, the city would write off $ 65,000 in debt if the nonprofit raised $ 65,000.
Aid to the association was unrelated to the discussion of police budgets.
Senator Collins said in an ad that Gideon “voted to fund” the Freeport, Maine Police Department “and donated the money to a nonprofit she helped run.”
Gideon voted to consolidate Freeport’s dispatch services with another city, saving money. But she actually voted for higher police budgets as a member of city council. Thus, the Collins ad misuses the term “defund” to describe movements that are unrelated to the “defund police” movement.
Even more false is the claim that Gideon gave the money to a nonprofit she helped run. Her vote to help a nonprofit where she served on the board involved a canceled loan and had no connection to the police. The proposal was adopted by the board 4-0.
We find Collins’ statement false.
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