Date delivered: Oct. 15, 2016
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This flier sent by Advance New Mexico Now accuses Democratic House candidate Candie Sweetser, of Deming, of "being in the pocket of liberals who are soft on crime" and says she's a "liberal puppet." It makes lists a series of factors under "putting criminals before children" but links those points to the "liberals who are bankrolling Sweetser's campaign." Sweetser faces Republican Vicki Chavez for the open House District 32 seat created by Democratic Rep. Dona Irwin's retirement. Chavez won her primary by 16 votes after Advance New Mexico Now sent a series of last-minute fliers attacking her opponent. Sweetser's husband is running for Luna County Commission as a Republican. Read more about the Sweetser/Chavez race here.
About the messenger: Advance New Mexico Now is a state-level super PAC that takes unlimited donations and makes independent expenditures, mostly in legislative races. Advance employs the firm owned by Jay McCleskey, Gov. Susana Martinez's top political adviser.
The messenger's money: Western Refining Chairman Paul Foster, of El Paso, gave $150,000. Burnett Oil Chairwoman Anne Marion, of Texas, ETC Capital, a Michigan investment firm, and Devon Energy, of Oklahoma each gave $100,000.