Messenger: Congressional Leadership Fund

Candidate: Jason Crow

Contest: 6th CD

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Aug. 24, 2018

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Message type: tv ad

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This ad from super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund attacks Democratic 6th CD candidate Jason Crow for failing to show up for meetings of a volunteer state board on veterans affairs. 

Two different TV news stations have called the ad misleading. KDVR noted that Crow is a former Army ranger who won a bronze star during his service, and quotes the former chairman of the state Veterans Affairs Board saying Crow "went above and beyond to serve." 9News noted that the state board had nothing to do with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, though the ad tries to connect Crow to mismanagement at the federal level.

Crow is challenging Republican incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman in the district that's centered in Aurora.

About the messenger: The Congressional Leadership Fund is a federal super PAC that can take unlimited contributions and spend unlimited amounts independently of candidates or political parties. The PAC works on behalf of conservative Republican House candidates.

The messenger's money: The American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit, is the primary funder of the PAC, along with other conservative interests, including The Anschutz Corp., of Denver, which gave $250,000 in December 2017. And Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson donated $30 million to the group, according to Politico.

Politico reported that American Action Network received $24.6 million from a single donor in 2017.