Date delivered: Oct. 26, 2016
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This Advance New Mexico Now mailer accuses former Democratic Rep. Liz Thomson of giving education money to "wealthy lobbyists." There's no citation for legislation or any information on the mailer to support the claim, however. Thomson faces Republican Christina Hall for an open seat in Albuquerque.
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.