Messenger: American Action Network
Candidate: Mike Coffman
Contest: 6th CD
Date delivered: July 28, 2018
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Message type: mailer
Message tone: positive
About the message:
This is the second mailer in two weeks from American Action Network commending Republican Congressman Mike Coffman on his action to stem the opioid epidemic. The piece is vauge about what Coffman has done, without mentioning specific bills or actions. And because it doesn't suggest voting for Coffman in his contest versus Democrat Jason Crow in the 6th Congressional District based in Aurora, it needn't be disclosed. AAN is also airing TV ads supporting Coffman, but not suggesting voting for him.
About the messenger: American Action Network is a nonprofit that calls itself an "action tank" to support "center-right" political principles. The group is affiliated with House Speaker Paul Ryan. The nonprofit is also a major funder of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with Ryan that has reserved fall airtime to support GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in the 6th Congressional District.
The messenger's money: Because it is a nonprofit, the group does not have to disclose its donors. Some companies or other nonprofits that donate to the group must disclose donations however. For instance, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America gave $4.5 million in 2010, $1.5 million in 2012 and $125,000 in 2014, according to Open Secrets. The PhRMA group's 2016 990 reveals a contribution of $6,058,825 to American Action Network.