Date delivered: July 11, 2018
Message type: radio ad
Message tone: informative
About the message: This is one of two radio ads airing in Colorado Springs urging people not to sign initiative petitions because they could lead to identity theft. This ad features El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller, a former state lawmaker. It doesn't mention any specific initiatives
"They're at it again," Waller says. "Standing on street corners, in front of grocery stores asking you to give away your personal information to sign their political petition. Hi, I'm Commissioner Mark Waller asking you to think twice before you sign. Many signature collectors are funded by out of state special interests, and they're pushing a political agenda that is never as good as it sounds. And when you sign your name, all your information is in a public database accessible on the internet. Before you sign one of those petitions, ask the tough questions."
Petitions for initiatives are submitted to the Secretary of State for signature verification, and they are public record (as is voter registration). But the Secretary of State doesn't post the petitions and signatures online.
About the messenger:
Better Jobs Coalition is an independent spending group formed by Rick Enstrom, of Enstrom Candies. The group formed in 2016 and supported Republican legislative candidates. During the 2018 primary, it spent nearly $48,000 on radio ads supporting eventual GOP nominee Walker Stapleton.
The messenger's money:
Better Jobs Coalition received $283,000 from Jim Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune and the 16th richest person in the world according to Forbes, in August and $50,000 in June 2018 from ReadyCO, a conservative nonprofit working for changes in the education system.