This mailer from the Colorado Republican Committee super PAC claims Democratic state Rep. Jessie Danielson "has failed Colorado's taxpayers." She is running for an open Senate seat against Republican businesswoman Christine Jensen.
Among the items the mailer cites:
Her vote for a budget that would put the state in debt. The Colorado Constitution requires a balanced budget, so an unbalanced budget could not be passed.
Her vote for a measure to improve family leave by charging an insurance premium of less than 1 percent of wages for all employees in Colorado. Because the program would have been considered an enterprise under state law, it wouldn't have qualified as a tax; higher taxes requirevoter approval. The program would not have cost a family $25,000 a year, but might cost that much over, say, 25 years. A fiscal analysis suggested the highest cost would be $990 for someone earning $100,000 a year. The bill died in the Senate.
Her 2017 vote against an amendment to a transportation bill that would have required the use of existing revenue for roads and bridges. The measure asking voters to increase taxes for transportation failed in the state Senate.
The Colorado Republican Party's independent expenditure committee takes unlimited contributions and may spend unlimited amounts. But the committee isn't supposed to coordinate with candidates.
The messenger's money:
Big donors include Anschutz Corp. at $300,000, Pete Coors at $250,000, J. Martin Landis at $150,000, and Extraction Oil & Gas and DCP Operating Co. at $100,000 each. The Republican Attorneys General Association gave $215,000.