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Republicans continue 'census mailings' despite law

By Ed O'Keefe

The Republican National Committee believes that a new round of mailings which use the word "Census" does not violate a new law banning such deliveries.

Democrats and news organizations in Nebraska, Utah and Washington state have called out the new Republican mailings as illegal and detrimental to 2010 Census efforts.

The mailings appear to violate a law signed by President Obama on April 7 that passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. The law requires mailings with an envelope marked “Census” to state clearly the sender's return address and provide a disclaimer that the mailing is not from the federal government.

But the RNC will keep sending such mailings regardless of the new law, according to committee spokesman Doug Heye.

"In reviewing the new law, our legal department determined such mailings are not covered. Therefore, they will continue," Heye said in an e-mail. He would not elaborate on the legal determination.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who authored the bill, sounded incensed.

“What is with these guys?" she said in a statement. "Congress passes a law in record time, with unanimous bipartisan support in both houses, to reduce confusion about the real Census. But there they go again, trying to make a partisan buck on the Census!"

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been asked by Nebraska Democrats to weigh in on the matter. Under the old law, postal inspectors deemed such mailings legal.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 26, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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These are Republicans. And well, this is Steele - he doesn't care.

170 Republicans voted to ban the RNC letters, and Issa and Chaffetz blasted Steele’s tactics in a recent committee hearing on the matter. “I have seen the Republican Party send out documents that say ‘census.’ I think it’s wrong, I think it’s deceptive, and I wish they wouldn’t do it,” Chaffetz said. Steele recently defended the mailers, saying, “If it’s against the law, I won’t [send them]. Until such time, this is an aggressive fundraising season.”

Did they at least fix the phone sex number from a previous census mailer they did?

Posted by: FauxReal | April 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It's okay. It's against the law, sure, but these are Republicans, and the law was written by a Democrat, so the party doesn't have to obey it.

Posted by: nobodysignificant | April 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't even understand this strategy. I thought Bachman and the republicans said the census was a way for the government to control you. Why then would the republicans open a letter that looked like the census and then send money?

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | April 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Repubs. are good for making plants grow.

Posted by: hoser3 | April 26, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ.

It's been long evident that the Reds put party above country, but blatantly choosing which laws apply to them and their Red tactics and which do not is beyond the pale.

I think we should send these traitors to texass and then build a fence around it so no one can get out.
It's not like anyone but texans could miss that armpit of a state and they'll like having these extra Reds around.

Posted by: lquarton | April 27, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

repubs. are a danger to themselves and others.

Posted by: hoser3 | April 27, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

And all along in my 81 plus years, I've heard about the "stubborn mules" and the "elephants that never forget". Guess that's changed to "stubborn elephants" and "mules that never forget". And I'm one of those mules that will never forget and never forgive the stubborn elephants that are bent on ruining our country just for the sake of being able to say (behind their hands, of course) that we should never have elected a black man. (posted on other sites - honestly is thy name MULE).

Posted by: GrannyAnnie | April 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

What is sad is that these Reds (Republican/gop/libertarians) spend millions of dollars on "Psychologic Deception" techniques that fool middle class people(under 200,000 per year) to take their side. They use a persons fear and insecurities to lure them into taking a policy position that actually HURTS themselves( the middle class). That is just EVIL. THE REPUBLICANS AND LIBERTARIANS DO NOT BELIEVE IN HAVING A "MIDDLE CLASS". Wake up people. Republicans - WHITE'ED SEPULCHERS ALL !!!

Posted by: edsweb7 | April 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

lquarton, PLEASE don't send 'em to Texas! Rick "Governor Good Hair" Perry notwithstanding, there are actually a lot of us progressives out here, especially in the big cities. Why don't we send 'em to Arizona - they seem not to like nonwhites in that state so they would all be right at home! This whole census stuff reminds me of the Doctrine of Nullification that many southern states had in the lead up to the Civil War (and after) - they pick and choose which federal laws to follow. Didn't we already fight a war over that?

Posted by: theprofessor | April 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

My apologies professor; I feel your pain. You and I both live in states that embarrass us sometimes - I live in AZ. If you think the immigration bill is bad, you should see some of the other legislation they have created this legislative session to pander to the teaba - partiers.

Remember the bill for the Montana teaba- partiers that says if a gun is made and sold in Montana the federal guns laws don't apply?

The Reds here in AZ did the same thing FOR CFL LIGHTBULBS, I kid you not. (because glen beck taught the teawads they were a dangerous plot by the gov't and besides they're 'green' and bygod that's socialism - - - hawk spit scratch)

Do we have a single manufacturer of incandescent lightbulbs in Arizona? Nope - not a one.

This is all a smokescreen to get the tea signwavers out to the polls in November - this legislature and governor can't run on their record - it's horrible.

ps professor - -I ADORE AUSTIN! Spent many a night on 6th St. ; )

Posted by: lquarton | April 28, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

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