Messenger: Better Colorado Now
Candidate: Jared Polis
Date delivered: Oct. 17, 2018
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Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message:
This mailer from GOP super PAC Better Colorado Now accuses Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis of changing his name to deceive voters after a confrontation with a former employee. It fails to note that the former employee pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from his business.
A variety of fact-checks have found TV ads similar to this mailer misleading
About the messenger:
Better Colorado Now is an independent expenditure group supporting the Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton's run for governor. The group may raise and spend unlimited amounts, but is not supposed to coordinate with Stapleton.
Stapleton helped raise money for the group before entering the governor’s race last fall.
The messenger's money:
Nonpfrofit Colorado Taxpayers Advocate Fund gave the group $600,000. Other donors to the group include Greg Engles of Whitewave Foods and Extraction Oil and Gas at $50,000 each; Broncos general manager John Elway at $10,000, St. Louis Cardinals Chairman William Dewitt Jr., Geoffrey Lord of Lord Realty, Liberty Global President/CEO Michael Fries and Liberty Media CEO Gregory Maffei at $25,000 each. Also, $15,000 from real estate mogul Larry Mizel, Elizabeth Anschutz for $10,000 and Stapleton cousin Jeb Bush for $1,000.