Date delivered: Oct. 31, 2017
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This letter from Broomfield resident and former state Rep. Don Beezley encourages voters to reject Question 301, which would require city officials to consider health, safety and welfare of residents when considering oil and gas development. Beezley cites "outside radicals" as being behind the effort, and says that the city would have to pay legal fees to defend the charter amendment if it's approved by voters.
About the messenger: Vote No on 301 is an issue committee formed "to oppose ballot issue efforts to divide Broomfield." The group is opposing Issue 301, which would require city officials to consider health, safety and welfare of residents when considering oil and gas development.
The messenger's money: Vote No on 301 received $100,000 from Vital For Colorado, a nonprofit business coalition supporting fracking, while the Colorado Petroleum Council provided $139,661.50 worth of mailers, polling, phone calling, digital/online advertising. Of the cash, No on 301 spent $75,000 on TV advertising and $20,000 on canvassing.
More recently, the group received an additional $75,000 from the Petroleum Council, $20,000 from the Colorado Economic Leadership Fund and $10,000 from the state-level issue committee Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence. And the group reported receiving another $100,000 from Vital for Colorado late Nov. 3.