Messenger: Better Colorado Now

Candidate: Walker Stapleton

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: Aug. 25, 2018

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Message type: door literature

Message tone: contrast

About the message:

This door hanger from super PAC Better Colorado Now lauds Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton on one side and bashes his Democratic opponent Jared Polis on the other.

The pro-Stapleton side cautions that if people sit out the election and fail to vote, "the radical left could enact their extreme, dangerous agenda." It notes that Stapleton "shares our values."

The anti-Polis side cites a Republican Governors Association quote saying Polis advocates abolishing ICE, which the governor has no control over. It also cites a San Diego TV quote saying the Democratic National Committee chair said (a) "Democratic Socialist is the 'future of our party.' " That quote referred to a Democratic congressional nominee in New York, and had nothing to do with Polis.

The hanger then notes Polis' votes on several issues, mostly dealing with immigration. 

About the messenger:

Better Colorado Now is an independent expenditure group supporting the Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton's run for governor. The group may raise and spend unlimited amounts, but is not supposed to coordinate with Stapleton.

Stapleton helped raise money for the group before entering the governor’s race last fall.

The messenger's money:

Nonpfrofit Colorado Taxpayers Advocate Fund gave the group $600,000. Other donors to the group include Greg Engles of Whitewave Foods and Extraction Oil and Gas at $50,000 each; Broncos general manager John Elway at $10,000, St. Louis Cardinals Chairman William Dewitt Jr., Geoffrey Lord of Lord Realty, Liberty Global President/CEO Michael Fries and Liberty Media CEO Gregory Maffei at $25,000 each. Also, $15,000 from real estate mogul Larry Mizel, Elizabeth Anschutz for $10,000 and Stapleton cousin Jeb Bush for $1,000.