A PAC with ties to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) donated hundreds of dollars to two candidates running for state legislature seats who have openly supported QAnon conspiracy theories.
Republican candidates Kevin Bushey and Brian Redmond, who are running for election to Maine’s House of Representatives, received $400 each from Dirigo PAC, which is heavily associated with Collins, Business Insider reported.
QAnon is a far-right internet conspiracy theory that purports President Trump is fighting a battle against a “deep state” of satanic pedophiles and cannibals.
The baseless theory has grown in popularity to international proportions and has garnered significant public support from GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is running to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
Last year, the FBI classified QAnon as a potential domestic terrorist threat, saying in a document that the agency “assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread … occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”
A spokesperson for Collins said Friday that her political committee was “not aware” of Redmond’s and Bushey’s support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, Bangor Daily News reported.
A Collins campaign spokesperson also denounced QAnon and said, “Dirigo PAC makes contributions at the state level based on the recommendation of the Maine Republican Caucus. It was not aware of the activities of these individuals at the time these two donations were made. Dirigo PAC will likely reconsider its vetting process in the future,” local CBS affiliate WGME reported.
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