Messenger: Coloradans for Fairness

Candidate: Tony Sanchez

Contest: Senate District 22

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: Sept. 7, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This mailer from super PAC Coloradans for Fairness attacks Republican Tony Sanchez as a "Tea Party Republican funded by big corporations and the gun lobby." He and Democratic state Sen. Brittany Pettersen are vying for an open seat in the state Senate. It is Sanchez's second run for a Senate seat.

Sanchez is supported by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, considered more conservative than the National Rifle Association on gun issues. RMGO has donated $4,800 to his campaign.

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.