Messenger: Advance New Mexico Now

Candidate: John Sapien

Contest: Senate District 9

Date delivered: Oct. 19, 2016

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message: This flier from super PAC Advance New Mexico Now accuses Democratic Sen. John Sapien of voting against increasing prison time for those convicted of child pornography. Sapien voted for House Bill 65, a bill to strengthen such laws. This mailer may refer to a vote on an amendment to the bill, which was signed by the governor. Sapien is being challenged by Republican Diego Espinoza.

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.

Click here for more details on Advance New Mexico Now's money