Date delivered: Oct. 26, 2016
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This Conservation Voters New Mexico Verde Voters PAC flier accuses GOP Rep. Terry McMillan of taking money from oil and gas interests. McMillan reports donations from Devon Energy, Chevron and other oil and gas interests. He is being challenged by Democrat Joanne Ferrary.
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.