Messenger: Senate Majority Fund
Candidate: Jessie Danielson
Contest: Senate District 20
Date delivered: Oct. 2, 2018
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Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message:
This mailer from super PAC Senate Majority Fund accuses Democratic state Rep. Jessie Danielson of "playing partisan games" in the legislature. Danielson faces Republican Christine Jensen for an open Jefferson County Senate seat.
Among the items listed:
- She voted against funding teacher retirement plans, citing a pension reform measure sponsored by Republican senators. That reform measure requires teachers and others to pay more into the system, and cuts benefits going forward. While Danielson voted for the initial measure, she voted against adopting a conference committee report on the bill, the final action before it was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
- A vote against a budget amendment to increase funding for schools. The measure would have taken money away from Medicaid reimbursments or the state employee pension program, according to the Denver Post.
- She voted for a bill that makes it harder for families to save for college. The measure in question prevented money in so-called 529 savings accounts from being used for K-12 tuition at private schools. While it passed the House, it died in the Senate.
About the messenger: The Senate Majority Fund is a state-level super PAC that supports Republican candidates for Colorado's state Senate and opposes Democratic candidates.
The messenger's money: The group has raised about $2 million since Jan. 1, 2017, including $200,000 from Noble Energy, $77,200 from Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, $64,000 from the Colorado Apartment Association, $45,000 from The Anschutz Corp. and $35,000 from Encana Oil & Gas,