Messenger: Senate Majority Fund
Candidate: Jessie Danielson
Contest: Senate District 20
Date delivered: Oct. 4, 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 voting against "hardworking families."
Examples it cites:
- 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 program to create a program to help Coloradans with high health-care costs. It aimed to get federal grants to reduce health insurance costs in areas where they are high, and also would have levied a fee on health insurers.
- Her vote for a measure to prevent the state and local government from providing the federal government with information about a Colorado resident's race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status or religious affiliation. It also would have prohibited holding a person for more than 48 hours or detaining them because of such characteristics. The mailer says this created a higher crime rate.
All three bills died in the GOP-controlled Senate. Danielson faces businesswoman Christine Jensen in the November Senate contest.
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,