Dem group airing ads on GOP gov race

A new 527 committee created Sunday by a Democratic operative has scheduled 48 ads on KMGH Channel 7 through the June 24 primary.

Protect Colorado Values says its goal is “to support and oppose Republican and Democratic candidates in the Colorado governor’s race.”

UPDATE: Additional filings from KMGH this morning note that candidates mentioned in the ads are Republican frontrunners Bob Beauprez and Tom Tancredo.

UPDATE NO. 2: Protect Colorado Values also has a contract with KUSA Channel 9 for 54 ads at $89,100.

The filing agent is Julie Wells, often listed as an agent for Democratic 527 and independent expenditure organizations.

Because the group didn’t file its committee registration until Sunday, it has yet to file any disclosure of where its money is coming from. Its first disclosure will be due June 16.

Jim Alexee is listed as the group’s registered agent. This post will be updated if he returns phone messages left this morning. His LinkedIn account says he’s an account executive with NGP Van, a private company that offers election technology to Democratic groups. He’s also worked for Democratic candidates in the past.

Four candidates are competing for the nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. Tancredo is considered the frontrunner, with a Magellan Strategies poll indicating 27 percent support from likely GOP voters. But Beauprez polled at 25 percent, within the margin of error. Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp polled at 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively, with 25 percent still undecided.

Four years ago, Democrats spent $500,000 on TV ads before the Republican gubernatorial primary. The ads focused on plagiarism allegations against former Congressman Scott McInnis, one of two GOP candidates for governor. McInnis lost the primary to Dan Maes, a newcomer originally backed by the tea party, by 5,150 votes.

Maes went on to finish third, with Tancredo coming in second while running on the American Constitution Party ticket.

Wells was the registered agent for Colorado Freedom Fund, the group that aired the ads. Most of that group’s money came from the Democratic Governor’s Association, two unions and Fort Collins philanthropist Pat Stryker.

Protect Colorado Values is paying $31,155 to air ads mostly on morning and evening news shows on KMGH. No other Denver stations have filed contracts with the group on the Federal Communications Commission site. Stations in the top 50 markets must upload political ads to the site.

This post will be updated when more information is received.


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