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Is The Republican Census Form Legitimate?

Both Republican and Democratic leaders are speaking out strongly against the Republican census form that is turning out a lot more like a Republican census scam. The fund-raising letter is disguised as an official "Republican census letter" that asks individuals to give the party cash now. The Republican census scam is not new, but this year it may violate a law signed on April 7.

 

Deception is the intent of Republican census form

 

The Republican census form included within the latest fund-raising letter is dated April 12. Given that the Republican census form uses phrases such as "Census tracking code," "Census document registered to" and "OFFICIAL DOCUMENT, Do not DESTROY," it looks very similar to official U.S. Census forms. Numerous voters and politicians are saying this intended deception is equal to a Republican census scam. Think Progress.org has posted a copy of the Republican census form, while Politico quoted a "Republican operative familiar with the program" as saying:

"Of course, duping people is the point. ... That's one of the reasons why it works so well. ...They will likely mail millions this year (with) incredible targeting.”

 

Is the Republican census a scam

 

The Republican census letters are sent out for decades. During the 2000 census, senators asked Postmaster General to investigate these Republican census letters. The investigation found that because these Republican census letters did not have an official seal or print "U.S. Census Bureau" anywhere, they are not technically illegal. On April 7, President Obama signed a law that banned mailers "designed to confuse recipients" that was aimed specifically at letters like this. In light of the new laws, senators have again asked Postmaster General to investigate these mailers.

 

Do these Republican Census letters break the law?

 

The specific law that was signed on April 7 needs many things of the Republican census letter. Any envelope that has the word "census" must clearly indicate both the sender and the return address. The integrated Republican census letter must include disclaimers that specifically spell out they are not affiliated with the federal government. The official Republican census letters that are dated April 12 don't appear to include these elements in the request for money loans.

 

What is your opinion of these letters? Are these fund-raising letters a legitimate tool, or are they a Republican census scam?

Sources for the article

TPM

The Plum Line

Politico

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