Date delivered: Oct. 10, 2017
Message type: robocall
Message tone: negative
About the message: This robocall urges voters to oppose Question 301, which would require city officials to consider health, safety and welfare of residents when considering oil and gas development. It is similar to a Facebook video the issue group Vote No on 31 posted, featuring former Republican Gov. Bill Owens.
Here's the edited text of a transcript of the call:
"Hello, please hold for former Gov.. Bill Owens with an important voter alert. Paid for by No on 301. This is former Gov. Bill Owens. Activists are trying to turn Broomfield into a political battle ground over energy once again, so I hope you'll vote no on Question 301. The activists want you to think the Question 301 is about public health but it's not. It's about politics. First these activists tried the ban energy development but the Colorado Supreme Court said that was illegal, and they tried to recall a Broomfield councilman just because he wouldn't support an energy ban – Broomfield citizens rejected that recall in a landslide. Now the same groups are pushing Question 301. 301 is not protecting people but it's rather focused on blocking energy development, period. The Attorney General and the Broomfield city attorney have both said that amendments like 301 will wind up in litigation, so stand up to these political games and vote no on Question 301 and thanks for listening. Paid for by Vote No on 301."
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.