My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Michael Steele and the GOP Attempt To Hijack The Census: Epic FAIL!

MyTwoCensus.com feels that Michael Steele and the National GOP’s use of a mailer (click here to see a PDF version of what was sent to millions of households) that tries to emulate a 2010 Census form is immoral, unethical, and potentially illegal. And it will come back to bite the GOP in their own butts.

Phil Sparks of the left-leaning Census Project wrote:

The mailer has been sent to thousands of households, from Georgia to Minnesota, and tells recipients that “strengthening our party for the (next)… elections will take a massive grassroots effort. As a key facet of our overall campaign strategy, the Republican Party is conducting a Census of Congressional Districts all across America.” The mailer misleads people by saying on the front of the envelope, in bold letters, that the mailer is a Congressional District Census. Above the recipient’s address the mailer says “Census Document Registered To.” There is even a “Census Tracking Code.” notice attached to the mailer…One Republican operative was quoted in the political newspaper Politico as declaring: “of course duping people is the point… that’s one of the reasons it works so well… they will likely mail millions this year.”

The unintended consequence of Steele’s mailer may be that Republican party members think that they have already completed the 2010 Census if they have filled out the aforementioned form and thus not complete the actual document that will be mailed to millions of households in March. Steele has surely risked not only his own integrity, but also an accurate count of Republicans. Steele fails to see that if Republicans don’t complete the 2010 Census this spring, so-called Red States and red-leaning areas won’t receive their proportion of federal funds (or Congressional seats) when the 2010 Census results are announced.

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4 Responses to “Michael Steele and the GOP Attempt To Hijack The Census: Epic FAIL!”

  1. My Two Census » Blog Archive » MyTwoCensus Editorial: Advice for Tea Party, GOP, and Conservative Leaders…Cut the nonsense and TELL YOUR PEOPLE TO MAIL IT BACK! Says:

    [...] However, the aforementioned facts have not yet been embraced by FoxNews commentators or the right-leaning talk-radio media. Perhaps these institutions want to keep ratings high by railing against the feds, but this is really the most ludicrous form of hypocrisy one can imagine. Sadly, it is not only the right-leaning media that is to blame, as Michael Steele and the national GOP continue to send mailers out to party members that emulate 2010 Census forms. It is shocking that this practice has gone on for months now in all regions of the US, even as Rep. Patrick McHenry, the ranking Republican on the Census subcommittee on the Oversight and Reform Committee in the House of Representatives has railed against Steele’s nefarious and ill-informed actions. MyTwoCensus recommends that Congress immediately passes a law to stop this most deceptive and counterproductive form of advertising. [...]

  2. Jane Walker Says:

    Let’s not mistake freedom of speech rights as a get out of jail card for acting responsibly. Today is April 23, 2010, and I am just now receiving a letter from Michael Steele that looks like a census form. I cannot tell you how offended I am about this. I am reporting it to the Post Master General, Governor Charlie Crist, the RNC and the DNC. I will also write my Federal and State reps to let them know just how angry I am with this irresponsible action. Folks, I am a Republican, but I am a responsible one.

  3. My Two Census » Blog Archive » Ed O’Keefe: Republicans continue ‘census mailings’ despite law Says:

    [...] Michael Steele and the national GOP are a bunch of ignorant individuals who are completely out of touch with their party’s mainstream. Even after Congress showed strong bipartisan support for a measure to ban deceptive census mailings (now a law signed by President Obama), these idiots continue to act illegally. They should be prosecuted. Eric Holder, I hope you’re reading this. H/t to Ed O’Keefe for the following: The Republican National Committee believes that a new round of mailings which use the word “Census” does not violate a new law banning such deliveries. [...]

  4. My Two Census » Blog Archive » RNC continues deceptive mailers because Obama hasn’t picked up his pen yet… Says:

    [...] usual, the Republicans and the Democrats have both made serious errors. 1. The Republicans think they are above the law and continue to send out deceptive mailers. 2. President Obama has not [...]