Messenger: CVNM Verde Voters

Candidate: Sharon Stover

Contest: House District 43

Date delivered: Oct. 22, 2016

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Message type: online ad

Message tone: negative

About the message: This digital ad criticizes Republican Sharon Stover, the Los Alamos County clerk who is challenging Democratic Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, for taking money from the oil and gas industry. It is one of several digital ads from Conservation Voters New Mexico Verde Voters Fund.

About the messenger: Verde Voters PAC is affiliated with Conservation Voters New Mexico, a nonprofit, and supports candidates endorsed by Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund. CVNM is the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters.

The messenger's money: Most of the group's money comes from the national League of Conservation Voters, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, and Conservation Voters New Mexico, the nonprofit affiliated with the PAC. ProgressNow New Mexico is also a large donor. Such "social welfare" groups may spend up to half their money on politics, and they aren't required to reveal their donors.

Click here for more details on CVNM Verde Voters's money