Messenger: Coloradans for Constitutional Values

Candidate: Grady Nouis

Contest: House District 48

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: June 8, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This mailer from super PAC Coloradans for Constitutional Values says that Grady Nouis, a Republican candidate for House District 48 in Weld County, is a convicted drug criminal. A Denver Post story in 2018 noted that Nouis pleaded guilty to "maintaining a drug house" and marijuana possession when he was 21 in 2005, some 15 years ago. Nouis lost a Jefferson County House contest in 2018, then moved to Milliken and is running in a Weld County primary there.

About the messenger:

Coloradans for Constitutional Values is a recently formed super PAC (techinically independent expenditure committee) that may take unlimted contributions and spend unlimited amounts as long as it doesn't coordinate with candidates or political parties. It is supporting several candidates in the June 30 primary contests.

The messenger's money:

It appears the group's money comes from United Colorado Election Fund, which gets its money from Unite America, a federal super PAC that gets it money from donors including Kathryn Murdoch, wife of one of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's sons, and others.