Rachel Zenzinger for Colorado Senate District 19
Rachel Zenzinger
Colorado Senate Candidate
Oct. 7, 2016
Campaigning in Colorado
Devolves into Falsehoods

Colorado's campaign culture has devolved in some cases into a system of "dark-money" practices and intentional falsehoods. Voters are receiving fliers (almost on a daily basis!) that carry alarming-but-fictitious messages of ethics violations, wasteful tax-spending and financial mismanagement, all untrue, untrue, untrue.

You will not receive any literature of that kind from me. I am happy to note the policy differences between my opponent and myself (I am stronger on education/public schools, stronger on attainable housing and stronger on economic program designed to lift the middle class); but neither myself nor my supporters have participated in the kind of fiction that we have seen from our opponents.

I ask that you try to ignore that garbage in your mailbox, and I ask that you contribute to our campaign to help fight those false messages. Please donate now. Ballots are nearly on their way, and we don't have much time to set the record straight.
Here are the details
The other side wants you to think I was the subject of an ethics investigation. Two years ago, we received two donations of $25 and $50, and the donors described themselves as "consultant" and "retired." On its face, and as far as we could tell, those donations were entirely appropriate. Later, somebody informed us that those donors were active lobbyists, which means they can't donate to a sitting legislator, which I was at the time. We immediately returned the $75. Case closed. And if the opposition is suggesting that we were allowing lobbyists to influence us ... how influential could they have been (at an average of $37.50) when they hadn't made known to us that they are lobbyists?

The other side also wants you to think I used taxes to go on a junket to China. A recent article described this message as the " most knowingly false ad campaign in Colorado." I have never been to China. 

The other side also seems to have some kind of issue about the way I conducted myself in pushing forward (and "blowing up") somebody's budget. They don't say whose. In my year at the capitol, I voted in favor of passing the budget, which a majority of legislators do every year. Think about it - that's the way it has to happen! Similarly, I voted with my colleagues on Arvada City Council to pass a budget every year. It was a legal requirement.

If you feel the kind of outrage that I do when you see these misleading fliers, I hope you'll donate $5 to my campaign every time you see one.
Final Countdown event
Please join hosts Bob Hofmann and Nancy Bolt for a special event in support of Rachel Zenzinger for State Senate Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m. Ballots will be mailed out the following week. Help us kick off the Final Countdown to Election Day. Please contact us if you would like to attend. If you are unable to join us, please consider supporting our final push across the finish line by donating here.
Rachel Zenzinger
Rachel Zenzinger
Ballots arrive mid-month
In less than two weeks, voters will begin finding their ballots in the mail, and I urge you to vote! Please fill out your ballot promptly, use a first-class stamp, and mail it back in without delay. There will be locations that you can physically drop your ballot if you prefer not to mail; and we will provide details about those locations later. In the meantime, look for your ballot the week of Oct. 17.

Click on www.govotecolorado.com for more information. You can also go to that website if you want to register to vote, or if you want to confirm that you are registered.
Event with the Governor
Save the date! On Oct. 22, we expect to have Gov. Hickenlooper at our campaign headquarters for a pre-canvassing kick-off event sometime in the morning or afternoon. That's Saturday, Oct. 22! If you would like to attend, meet Gov. Hickenlooper and go door-to-door with us, please contact us at RachelforColorado@gmail.com. We will provide the details at that time. The Pipefitters Local 208 will also be at this big event. Please join us!
We still need volunteers

We're still recruiting volunteers for canvassing, phone calling and other activities. Even if you have never worked on a campaign before, we would love to have you! Call 303-748-0770. Thank you!  

Every important political campaign these days requires significant funding, and this one is no exception. We need to find a way to pay for brochures, direct mail pieces, advertisements and other tools to help make voters aware of their choices. Please consider making any level of contribution to the "Rachel Zenzinger for Colorado" campaign, and help me get elected in 2016.


Information for Donors

DonorInfoUnder Colorado campaign finance law, contributions to candidates from individuals, sole proprietorships, LLPs, LLCs, and state PACs are limited to $400 per election cycle. Contributions from Small Donor Committees are limited to $4,500 per election cycle. Contributions from corporations, labor unions, foreign governments, and non-U.S. citizens are prohibited. Campaign finance law also requires us to provide information about all contributors' occupations, and their employers. Please be specific when you supply that information, which must accompany all donations. If you are retired or unemployed, please so indicate. Please note that political campaign contributions are not tax-deductible. Thank you!


Helpful Links
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Rachel Zenzinger, Candidate
Colorado Senate