Messenger: Coloradans for Fairness

Candidate: Tim Neville

Contest: Senate District 16

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: Oct. 1, 2018

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Message type: tv ad

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This cable TV ad from super PAC Coloradans for Fairness notes that Republican state Sen. Tim Neville has taken $75,000 from gun lobby interests and voted against expanding background checks. It also says he accpted money from the oil and gas industry, then voted to prevent access to public lands. The measure referred to died in the House, and it's unclear how it would have limited acces. It notes that he received the maximum, $400, from Team America PAC, a group affiliated with former Congressman Tom Tancredo, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The ad concludes that outside interests will spend up to $14 million to elect "Neville and his allies." This is based on a Tweet from another GOP Senate nominee.

Neville faces Democrat Tammy Story in the November election.

About the messenger:

Coloradans for Fairness is an independent spending committee or super PAC supporting Democratic candidates for state Senate. As an independent spending committee, the group may take unlimited donations and spend unlimited amounts, but it is not supposed to coordinate with candidates or political parties.

The messenger's money:

Coloradans for Fairness received $1.1 million from nonprofit The Sixteen Thirty Fund; $200,000 from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; $150,000 from Education Reform Now Advocacy; $100,000 from the Green Advocacy Project, which advocates for clean energy; $50,000 from Environment America; as well as large donations from a range of Colorado businesses, including Anadarko, Anheuser Busch, PhARMA and others.