Date delivered: Nov. 1, 2016
Message type: mailer
Message tone: negative
About the message: This is one of several attacks on Democratic House candidate and former Rep. Liz Thomson claiming she voted to give herself a pension instead of funding programs for abused children. But House Bill 67 in the 2014 session did not pass the House. An amendment to the bill on teacher pay would have cut pensions for legislators and increased training for educators in child abuse detection, among other things. A legislative analysis noted that the state Constitution prohibits floor amendments that substantially change the original purpose of a bill. Thomson is running against Republican Christina Hall for an open seat.
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.