Messenger: Coloradans for Fairness

Candidate: Brittany Pettersen

Contest: Senate District 22

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Oct. 19, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: positive

About the message:

In this letter paid for by Democratic super PAC Coloradans for Fairness, Gov. John Hickenlooper urgest voters in Senate District 22 to ignore negative ads about state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, who faces Republican candidate Tony Sanchez in this open Jefferson County Senate seat.

"These ads are often funded by out-of-state special interests," the letter reads.

Hickenlooper doesn't exactly endorse Pettersen in the letter. He writes that "we need more problem-solvers like her under the Gold Dome."  But he also writes, "I hope you'll research the candidate positions yourself, get the facts, and make your own informed decision." 

It should be noted that Coloradans for Fairness is sending out plenty of negative mailers about Republicans.

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.