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Sen. Susan Collins of Maine donated money to two QAnon supporters running for state legislature seats. 

Records show that both Kevin Bushey and Brian Redmond, two Republican candidates running for election to the Maine House of Representatives, received $400 each from Dirigo PAC, a political action committee heavily affiliated with Collins.

Both candidates have openly embraced QAnon on social media, according to Mainer, which first reported the contributions.

QAnon is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a “deep state” cabal of satanic pedophiles and cannibals. Last year, the FBI designated QAnon as a domestic-terrorism group, saying it’s filled with “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” and citing it as a growing threat. 

Dozens of local and national political candidates — as well as other people in positions of power like police officers — have either been linked to the movement or promoted its beliefs.

A spokesperson for the senator’s campaign Business Insider that the group donated money based on Republican recommendations, was “not aware” of the candidates’ affiliations with the theory, and might “reconsider its vetting process in the future.”

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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