Messenger: Colorado Republican Committee

Candidate: John Hickenlooper

Contest: U.S. Senate

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Sept. 28, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This mailer from the Colorado Republican Committee claims that Democratic Senate candidate and former Gov. John Hickenlooper supports a ban on fracking that would damage Colorado's economy.

In reality, Hickenlooper opposes a ban on fracking, though he isn't as vocal a proponent of the oil and gas extraction method as he was when he drank fracking fluid at a public hearing. In a June debate, he said he wanted to make the practice obsolete with a goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2050. But he says he opposes an outright ban.

Hickenlooper is challenging Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who receives significant campaign support from the oil and gas industry.

About the messenger:

The Colordado Republican Committee is the federal fundraising arm of the Colorado Republican Party.

The messenger's money:

This federal political party committee may take up to $10,000 in individual donations. But a significant portion of the group's money in the 2020 cycle comes from the Republican National Committee.