The Philadelphia Tribune reports:
In the Philadelphia suburbs, a document that’s mocked up to look like the U.S. Census, but is really a clever fund-raising ploy by the Republican National Committee, is once again making the rounds.
The document started landing in mailboxes in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties, according to KYW-1060 AM, and the office of U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District, who sent constituents an email warning them to be on the lookout for it.
A copy of the document, obtained by KYW, informs recipients that “You’ve been selected to represent voters in the 1st Congressional District.” That’s the seat held by GOP U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, whose Bucks County-based district is on the Democrats’ want list in 2020.
Sacramento’s NBC affiliate reports:
A census is being mailed out to residents in California. However, it’s not the 2020 U.S. Census, which determines federal funding to the state. The 2020 Congressional District Census is commissioned by the Republican Party. For some, it takes a couple glances to know the difference.
“Oh, that’s interesting ‘Commissioned by the Republican Party’– so, it’s actually not a census,” resident Todd Thompson said. “(I thought it was) the U.S. Census.”
The GOP-backed census becomes clear with a close look. The questions are political, ranging from President Trump’s approval, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s performance, concern over Chinese, Iranian or Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election. It ends by asking for a donation to the RNC.
Detroit’s NBC affiliate reports:
The federal government is getting ready to hold another census. The RNC is sending census surveys to people in mid-Michigan. The National Republican Party is also having its own census.
But several people in Mid-Michigan say they’re confused after getting a letter saying President Donald Trump requested a census of every congressional district to be done right away. It’s causing confusion because the letter isn’t coming from the government.
“It looks like a census letter. It’s got your name on it, ‘don’t destroy,’ a lot of tracking numbers,” said Paul Burry, who received the letter. “The first letter says it is a 2020 congressional census. That got my attention.”
From the editorial board of the Miami Herald:
It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to see that these fake Census surveys are calculated to muscle voters into participating, and paying for the privilege. Worse, voters who are tricked into returning the fake census may well think they need not respond to the real Census, which was designed by the Founders and enshrined in the Constitution.
It’s everyone’s civic duty to participate — April 1 is Census Day — and participation is absolutely free. Cynical observers, however, could not be blamed for thinking that the RNC hopes to depress an accurate count, especially if it benefits the party.
Whatever their party affiliation, the governors of all 50 states should be incensed by GOP fundraisers playing cynical games with the Census. Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are increased or reduced based on a state’s growing or declining population.
Some Californians have received “2020 Congressional District Census” questionnaires—but they were actually RNC mailers. Ploys like this increase confusion and distrust, when the census already struggles against disinformation. I called on the Census Director to do something. pic.twitter.com/8oE5wCv4L1
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) February 13, 2020
Earlier this week, I questioned the Census Director about fake census forms that are actually RNC mailers. Since then, people have been contacting my office sharing their experience, including someone who received this text today from the Trump campaign! (mini-thread) pic.twitter.com/gMcyC7YI5Z
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) February 14, 2020
— Kimberly (@From_The_Porch) February 13, 2020
I’m in IL. I to got a US mailing that looked like a census form. On closer view, it was a questionnaire devised by Rhona McDaniel and the RNC. Questions were grossly Trump biased, misleading and slanderous of supposed Democratic Party positions (ie. Open borders, abortions). Help
— Joseph Hecht (@da_cubster) February 13, 2020
The GOP is fighting to make sure you don’t count.
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@CarolynBMaloney) February 16, 2020