Messenger: Senate Majority Fund

Candidate: Jessie Danielson

Contest: Senate District 20

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Sept. 24, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This mailer from the Senate Majority Fund claims that Democratic state Rep. Jessie Danielson, who is running for state Senate, "doesn't value education."

It says she "voted against teachers by cutting their benefits and retirement plans," citing a pension reform measure sponsored by Republican senators. 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.

It also claims 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.

Danielson has received a 100 percent rating from the Colorado Education Association. 

She faces Republican businesswoman Christine Jensen in the Nov. 6 election.

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,