Messenger: Colorado Republican Committee IEC
Candidate: Brittany Pettersen
Contest: Senate District 22
Date delivered: Oct. 23, 2018
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Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message:
This mailer from the Colorado Republican Committee's super PAC says state Rep. Brittany Pettersen makes life more expensive in Colorado. Pettersen is running for an open state Senate seat in southern Jefferson County against Republican Tony Sanchez.
The claims cited:
- 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. It 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.
- Her vote for a bill that might increase teacher licensing fees if money is needed to pay for changes intended to address the state teacher shortage. The bill passed the GOP-controlled Senate unanimously.
- 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.
About the messenger:
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.