In the lead up to the Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was caught sending out deceptive mailers to potential Iowa caucus goers by greeting them the with a big “VOTER VIOLATION” message on an envelope that tried to trick voters into thinking this wasn’t just another campaign advertisement but a serious letter from the board of elections. Senator Cruz didn’t stop there, on the night of the Iowa caucus he had his volunteers call Iowans to inform them that Ben Carson had dropped out of the GOP race. The only problem with that is the fact that Ben Carson is still very much in the GOP primary.
The Huffington Post is now reporting Cruz’s next move to fool Republican voters at the mailbox.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is out with a deceptive new mailer that masquerades as official government business and promises people there’s a “check enclosed” when it’s actually asking for money instead.
A New Jersey resident sent The Huffington Post the latest piece of mail he received from Cruz’s campaign. The envelope appears to have come from Cruz’s Senate office and has his name printed the same way it often is for Senate business. In small type the mailer clarifies that it is for “personal” matters and was not sent at taxpayers’ expense. It also promises a check.
Inside though isn’t a check enclosed for the voter, it is instead a check already made out to the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, asking the voter to send $45 to his campaign. Mr. Cruz is adventuring into new grounds by disguising campaign literature as official business of the U.S Senate.
The Cruz campaign response to the mailer:
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the Cruz campaign, said the mailer “clearly indicates that the contribution is going to the Cruz for President campaign” and noted that “match-type fundraising mailers are common to both campaign and non-profit solicitations.”
She pointed to email solicitations from Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The one from Rubio, for example, reads, “We’re lucky enough to have some really generous supporters matching every donation you make before Iowa.” The difference, however, is that Rubio’s mailer doesn’t promise a check.
We likely haven’t seen the last of Cruz’s deceptive campaign mailers and practices.