Messenger: Jared Polis

Candidate: Cary Kennedy

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: June 15, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message: Congressman Jared Polis accuses former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy of "running false, negative attack ads" in this mailer and asks "Can Cary Kennedy be trusted?" They are two of the four Democrats competing in the June 26 gubernatorial primary.

However, Kennedy is not airing or mailing attack ads. The TV ads and mailers come from super PAC Teachers for Kennedy, which is supposed to be acting independently of Kennedy's campaign. 9News has concluded similar allegations are false. And they note that Polis signed a clean campaign pledge as did Kennedy, but is now airing negative ads against her, as is a super PAC supporting him.

The mailer also says Kennedy opposes Medicare for all, though her website says she supports universal health care. She did lose the 2010 contest for reelection as state treasurer to Walker Stapleton, one of four GOP candidates running for governor.

About the messenger:

Jared Polis is a Democrat who has served as the 2nd Congressional District representative in the U.S. House since 2008. He also won a term on the Colorado Board of Education in 2000.

Polis is an entrepreneur who made millions selling online businesses in the late 1990s.

The messenger's money:

Polis is largely self-funding his campaign, rejecting donations from political action committees. He's only taking donations of $100 and less from individuals. Through July 27, he spent nearly $12.30 million on his campaign.