Date delivered: Oct. 19, 2016
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This is one of two recent Advance New Mexico Now mailers criticizing former Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Thomson, who is running against Republican Christina Hall for an open seat. The mailer accuses of Thomson of refusing to give up her retirement benefits (she's a former public school employee) to increase funding for child abuse prevention. The mailer doesn't cite a specific bill or amendment that would have reduced educator pensions and use the money to prevent child abuse.
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.