Messenger: Raising Colorado

Candidate: Alex Valdez

Contest: House District 5

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: June 6, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: informative

About the message: This mailer from Raising Colorado, a Democratic-leaning education reform group, supports Alex Valdez in the three-way June 26 Democratic primary. The mailer mentions Valdez's support for renewable energy, affordable housing and health care, and the fact that Valdez is "an LGBTQ person of color." But it doesn't mention education issues.

About the messenger: Raising Colorado is an independent spending committee that supported candidates in various 2017 and 2015 school board races. The group is now supporting state legislative candidates. They're often seen as being in opposition to teachers unions.

The messenger's money: The group's money comes from the Education Reform Now Advocacy, a New York group, affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform. Education Reform donated $350,000 to that group in late April. Because Education Reform is anonprofit, it's difficult to tell where the money is coming from.