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9NEWS TRUTH TEST | Anti-Polis ad on income taxes, and Polis response, both misleading

Author: Marshall Zelinger, 9News - September 21, 2018 - Updated: October 18, 2018

Jared Polis is seen is a scene from a 9News Truth Test about ads in the gubernatorial race. (KUSA-9News, Denver)

Not paying your income taxes would be a crime. In a political ad by the Republican Governors Association, which supports the candidacy of Republican Walker Stapleton, his opponent, Democratic candidate Jared Polis, is accused of doing just that.

True, Polis did not pay taxes for five years prior to becoming a congressman, but the ad lacks proper context and is edited in a misleading manner.

Polis did not pay income taxes from 2001 to 2005 because in four of those years he showed a net loss in income.

In response to this ad, the Polis for Colorado campaign produced its own political ad. This ad, paid for by Polis for Colorado, falsely suggests that Stapleton was responsible for the previous ad about his taxes.

> CLICK HERE to watch the Channel 9 Truth Test.

Marshall Zelinger, 9News

Marshall Zelinger, 9News