Date delivered: Sept. 15, 2018
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message:
This mailer from super PAC Coloradans for Fairness says Republican state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik voted for a pay raised for lawmakers but voted against raises for teachers.
It cites amendments to the state budget are cited for claims that she voted to raise her pay and against pay raises for teachers. It's accurate that Senate Republicans defeated an effort to raise teacher pay, based on this story from Colorado Politics (read to the bottom).
Martinez Humenik also voted for a 2015 bill that raised pay for state lawmakers, statewide elected officials and county officials for the first time in years. Her Democratic opponenet, state Rep. Faith Winter, voted for that pay-raise measure also.
About the messenger:
Coloradans for Fairness is an independent spending committee or super PAC supporting Democratic candidates for state Senate. As an independent spending committee, the group may take unlimited donations and spend unlimited amounts, but it is not supposed to coordinate with candidates or political parties.
The messenger's money:
Coloradans for Fairness received $1.1 million from nonprofit The Sixteen Thirty Fund; $200,000 from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; $150,000 from Education Reform Now Advocacy; $100,000 from the Green Advocacy Project, which advocates for clean energy; $50,000 from Environment America; as well as large donations from a range of Colorado businesses, including Anadarko, Anheuser Busch, PhARMA and others.