Date delivered: Aug. 7, 2018
Message type: tv ad
Message tone: negative
About the message:
This TV ad continues the "California" theme begun by the Republican Governors Association in its campaign against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis, even repeating the term "RadiCalifornia. This ad comes from State Solutions Inc., a nonprofit affiliated with the RGA.
But the ad doesn't mention the Polis' governor's contest against GOP Treasurer Walker Stapleton, and it suggests viewers contact Polis at his congressional office number.
The ad transitions from California to "universal health care," claiming the program supported by Polis would cost $32 trillion. The ad references a federal "Medicare for All" resolution in Congress, which Polis co-sponsors (along with Colorado Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette). The ad also cites an AP story on the measure, which cites a study that the measure would cost $32 trillion nationally (not at the state level) over 10 years. The AP story also notes the study estimates some cost savings over those 10 years.
Here's the ad script:
"California has the surf. The beach. The nightlife. The Golden Gate.
"But California also has high taxes. Crazy regulations that destroy jobs. And radical ideas like Single-Payer health care.
"That’s why they call it RadiCalifornia. Jared Polis wants the same thing. Independent experts say a government takeover of health care could $32 trillion. And would more than double what you pay in federal income taxes each year.
"Tell Jared Polis we can’t afford his government takeover of health care."
About the messenger:
State Solutions Inc. is a nonprofit affiliated with the Republican Governors Association.
The messenger's money:
Because it's a nonprofit and only files annual returns with the IRS, it's difficult to know where State Solution's money comes from. In 2014, the group gave $750,000 to Citizens for a Sound Government, a Lakewood-based nonprofit, whose registered agent is Alan Philp,a former staffer for GOP Gov. Bill Owens and other Republican groups. That group, in turn, allocated $732,500 to nonprofits in other states.