Messenger: Unclear

Candidate: Lori A. Saine

Contest: 8th Congressional District

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: May 26, 2022

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: contrast

About the message:

This mailer contrats Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine with state Rep. Yadira Caraveo on several policy issues. Saine is one of four Republicans competing for the nomination to run against Democrat Caraveo in the new 8th Congressional District in Adams and Weld counties.

It's unclear who paid for this message, though it does appear to have a union printing insignia indicating it's like from Caraveo supporters. Such messages must carry disclaimers about who sent them beginning 30 days before the June 28 primary election.

About the messenger: If there's no indication of who delivered the message, well, it's unclear. This means there's no revelation on a robocall or "paid for by" on a mailer or door literature.

And, in fact, there's a loophole in Colorado law that doesn't require disclosure if a message doesn't explicitly say "vote for" or "vote against." And even candidates don't have to say if they delivered a message, according to the Secretary of State.

According to the Campaign Finance Institute, Colorado was one of only 10 states with such a loophole in 2016.

The messenger's money: This is the definition of "dark money." There's no way to know who paid.