Messenger: Leading Colorado Forward

Candidate: Suzanne Staiert

Contest: Senate District 27

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: Sept. 8, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message:

This mailer from Democratic super PAC Leading Colorado Forward steers voters to a website about Republican state Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert. She's a former deputy secretary of state and now director of the Public Trust Institute, which filed ethics complaints against former Gov. John Hickenlooper, two of which were found to be violations of state ethics laws. The ethics commission determined Hickenlooper, a Democrat who is now running for U.S. Senate, committed two violations of the state's gift ban. But four violations considered were dismissed, and many others were never taken up by the commission.

Staiert faces Democrat Chris Kolker in the Arapahoe County seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jack Tate. The district is considered to lean Democratic.

About the messenger:

Leading Colorado Forward is a state super PAC working to elect Democrats to the state Senate.

The messenger's money:

The group's donors include national nonprofit America Votes, New Belgium Brewery founder Kimberly Jordan, Noble Energy, Extraction Oil& Gas, Unitedhealth Group PAC and a range of other businesses and individuals.