“I am used to ignoring junk mail with URGENT or FINAL NOTICE written on it, but this fooled even me. "
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's reelection campaign appears to be soliciting campaign donations from Texas voters in letters disguised as phony court summons.
Hundreds of thousands of Texas voters last week received the mailers asking for money on behalf of Cruz.
One recipient, Sean Owen, expressed displeasure on Twitter after he said he received one of the letters on behalf of his grandmother.
Received this for my 88-year-old grandma. Says it's a summons from Travis County, but is actually asking for money for @tedcruz . Did your campaign authorize this? Is this even legal? Shame on you. That's one more @BetoORourke voter. pic.twitter.com/NcFoOCvjFj— Sean Owen (@sean_r_owen) September 16, 2018
Owen said that he contacted his county to report the mailer and request an investigation. He said that the letter cemented his inclination not to vote for Cruz.
Hello.— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) September 16, 2018
This is violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
I know, because I passed this law in 2015.
See below: https://t.co/9oga4Gq8Zy
Cruz has reason to resort to extraordinary measures.
Cruz has resorted to dirty tricks against a more charismatic opponent before. During the 2016 presidential primaries, his campaign sent Iowa voters a letter that read “VOTING VIOLATION” in red font. Below the warning was an explanation.
“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area,” it read. “Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”
Adam Johnson is an editorial intern at Pluralist.
You can reach him on Twitter @4DAMDAVID