Messenger: Coloradans for Fiscal Responsibility

Candidate: Victor Mitchell

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: June 15, 2018

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Message type: tv ad

Message tone: negative

About the message: This TV ad from the super PAC Coloradans for Fiscal Responsibility attacks Republican candidate Victor Mitchell for his opposition to Trump and other issues. The ad accuses Mitchell of voting to raise taxes and fees while serving two years in the state House, even though lawmakers cannot raise taxes without a vote of the people.

About the messenger: Coloradans for Fiscal Responsibility originated in late October 2014, sending one mailer opposing Democrat Betsy Markey for state treasurer. The independent spending committee now says it supports Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who defeated Markey in 2014, for governor.

The messenger's money: The group received $400,000 from the nonprofit Colorado Taxpayers' Advocate Fund, and nearly $100,000 from Better Colorado Now, the super PAC supporting Walker Stapleton for governor. Because the Taxpayers' Advocate Fund is a nonprofit, it is virtually impossible to know where the money is coming from.