Fundraising letter leads to concerns of Census confusion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/3/10

Fundraising letter leads to concerns of Census confusion

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We're learning more about a fundraising letter that's drawing concern across the country. The reason, some say people could confuse the letter with the U.S. Census.  One of our crew members brought the letter to our attention, after seeing our report about the possibility of people stealing your information under the guise of the U.S. Census.

Printed on the envelope in bold letters are the words "do not destroy official document".  Just above the addressee, the letter reads "census document registered to:".  When you flip it over, there's a place to donate money, and as we told folks, the U.S. Census Bureau will not solicit donations.

Reading through all of the documentation, the letter is from the Republican National Committee. They call it the 2010 Congressional District Census, and it's signed by RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  He writes that opinions collected will be used to make sure Republican leaders and candidates address issues important to voters in the area.

We checked with Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Chris Winn, and we want to tell you this is legitimate. The RNC is sending the letter out asking for donations. So, we asked Winn if this is a typical fundraising campaign?

"That is where probably it's getting close to the line where the nomenclature of a census of a congressional district, but right now most people will read the document and understand it's a fundraising letter," Winn said. 

Winn says it is not the party's intention to confuse anyone, but similar concerns have been reported across the country.  Again, the letter is a legitimate fundraising effort.  So, if you want to fill it out, you can, but you're not required to.

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