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Rep. Darrell Issa introduces legislation to fix ban on phony 'census' mailings

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation to tighten the restrictions on political mail made to look like Census forms -- an issue that flared up again yesterday and today after the Republican National Committee, which has been whacked for doing this in the past, did it again in a controversial mailer.

"The RNC’s mailings plainly violate the spirit and intent of the law," said Issa in a statement. "Today I introduced legislation to clarify Congress’ intent and remove loopholes that resulted in this mailing slipping through. Deceptive mailings must not be allowed to interfere with the constitutionally mandated Census. This legislation deserves bipartisan support and I am working with Congressional Democrats to advance this bill as expeditiously as possible."

The RNC responded with a swipe at Democrats.

"We were well within the new statute, as the committee will be of any further legislation on this issue," said RNC spokesman Doug Heye. "Any confusion is the result of vague or unclear legislative language. If the Democrats have this much trouble writing a relatively simple bill, how can they credibly write a coherent bill on health care, financial regulatory reform or jobs creation that run hundreds of pages?"

The legislation is below the fold.

H.R. 5148 - Census Mailers

By David Weigel  |  April 27, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  RNC  
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