GOP scam artists

This story in the Bozeman Chronicle tells you all you need to know about the Republican Party.

The National Republican Committee sent out a fundraising appeal disguised as a U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire. This got the Montana Department of Commerce, not known as a particularly aggressive government office, to send out a news release the Chronicle says is…

…calling out the phony survey and reminding Montanans that official Census surveys don’t ask participants for money.

The “survey” requests a $15 processing fee or donations from $25 to $1,000.

This isn’t the first time the RNC has sent out bogus Census forms. Nor have the Republicans heeded a law passed by Congress. The Chronicle continues:

In May, identical Census look-a-like mailers were sent to people in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Missoula counties, the release said.

In 2010, Congress passed the Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act that prohibited deceptive mail practices that attempt to exploit the census.

The form was also full of push-poll questions such as, “is the Democratic Party promoting ‘Big Government Socialist’ policies,” and if the participant approves of…

“ …the Democrats’ agenda to raise taxes, provide free health care and college tuition for all, open our borders to all immigrants, enact dangerous abortion polices, pack the Supreme Court, allow inmates to vote and abolish the Electoral College?”

I was surprised to see there wasn’t a question like, “Are you concerned that the Democrats are going to take away your guns?” Maybe that’s in a follow-up mailer.

The Chronicle asked Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, a Democrat running for governor in 2020, his take on the faux Census questionnaire. His response was somewhat underwhelming:

(Cooney) took the bogus mailers as an opportunity to talk about the importance of the Census and getting an accurate count of Montanans. He said in the release that a complete count means the state gets its “fair share of funding.”

“An accurate and complete Census count for Montana is too important to take lightly,” Cooney said.

C’mon, Mike, take the kid gloves off — call out the Republicans for their grifter tactics.

Maybe Cooney is as numb to this ruse as the rest of us. We’re all weary of the scandals. There seems to be no shame but considering the conman currently occupying the Oval Office, and the sycophants surrounding him, it’s just another in a long list of scams being perpetrated on the American public.

Update from Don: I’ve added a link to the press release the Dept. of Commerce sent out.

Update from Pete: Here’s a link to the Washington Post’s coverage of the scam.


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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.


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