Messenger: Jared Polis

Candidate: Walker Stapleton

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: Sept. 7, 2018

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Message type: tv ad

Message tone: negative

About the message:

In response to a Republican Governors Association ad that basically accuses him of fraudulently failng to pay taxes, Democrate Jared Polis is oul with an ad accusing GOP candidate Walker Stapleton of "false claims" and "negative ads." It notes that "there was never a time" when Polis didn't pay taxes.

The ad notes Stapleton's support for President Donald Trump and concludes by calling the Republican candidate "Donald Trump's Yes Man."

The ad is incorrect in accusing Stapleton of being behind the negative ads. The RGA is an independent spending group that is prohibited from coordinating with candidates they support. Neither Stapleton nor his campaign had anything to do with the RGA ad on taxes.

About the messenger:

Jared Polis is a Democrat who has served as the 2nd Congressional District representative in the U.S. House since 2008. He also won a term on the Colorado Board of Education in 2000.

Polis is an entrepreneur who made millions selling online businesses in the late 1990s.

The messenger's money:

Polis is largely self-funding his campaign, rejecting donations from political action committees. He's only taking donations of $100 and less from individuals. Through July 27, he spent nearly $12.30 million on his campaign.