Republican says RNC’s census forms violate law

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking member on the Oversight and Government Reform, says census-themed fundraising letters sent out by the Republican National Committee “plainly violate the spirit and intent of the law,” harsh words for his party’s national organization.

Issa on Tuesday said he introduced legislation to erase any loopholes in current law that still allow mail to be sent using the word “census.”

“The RNC’s mailings plainly violate the spirit and intent of the law,” Issa said 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.”

Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz has also asked the RNC to stop sending the mailers.