GOP should return money raised from deceptive census mailings

On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved HR 4261, the Prevent Deceptive Census Look-Alike Mailings Act. The short bill would ban fundraising letters like those the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee sent last month, which gave the appearance of being official census documents. Those mailings were legal because they did not "use the full name of the U.S. Census Bureau or the seal of any government agency." However, even Republicans have admitted that the tactic crosses a line, and no one in the House GOP caucus wanted to go on record opposing the bill on Wednesday.

On the other hand, it costs Congressional Republicans nothing to vote for this bill. Their committees are already cashing checks from this year's deception, and the next census won't roll around for ten years. If Republicans truly believe it's wrong to raise money with a fake census letter, they should return all contributions from suckers they've duped this year.

Tags: Republican Party, RNC, NRCC, census, Fundraising (all tags)

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3 Comments

Full investigation

Returning the money doesn't go far enough. We need a full investigation with all records subpoenaed. An independent prosecutor should be appointed.

by carter1 2010-03-12 11:23AM | 0 recs
RE: Full investigation

They are sleazy, but appear not to have broken any laws, so it would be pointless to try to prosecute. Better to shame them about it, but probably we won't even do that.

by desmoinesdem 2010-03-12 05:06PM | 0 recs
Here's where the Democrats

could make a huge stink and make the Republicans look foolish and venal.

But don't count on it.   The Democrats are the Masters of Missed Opportunities.

by Radiowalla 2010-03-12 11:50AM | 1 recs

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