MALONEY RIPS DECEPTIVE MAILING FROM CENSUS FOE-- REP. ASKS POSTMASTER GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE FUND-RAISING LETTER DESIGNED TO RESEMBLE CENSUS FORM

Mar 3, 2000
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the House Census Subcommittee, asked the Postmaster General to investigate, what seems to be a clear violation of federal law, mailings that are intended to resemble government documents. The letters were part of a fund-raising solicitation sent by the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), the leading critic of the Census Bureau, to over a quarter-million households. The letters were sent in envelopes designed to look like official Census Bureau mailings and were timed to overlap with the Census Bureau's mailing out of the official census forms to every home in the country.

"The SLF's mailing appears to be designed to resemble an official 2000 Census mailing from the Census Bureau, but in fact contains a solicitation for donations to fight the Census Bureau's plans to conduct a fair and accurate census," Maloney said. "This kind of behavior crosses the line. When people see that this solicitation is a shameless fake, I know that they will throw it out. But I am afraid that when the real mailing comes they might throw it out as well."

"I am not saying that Matt Glavin doesn't have the right to raise money to try the stop the census. But he doesn't have the right to misrepresent himself as the government." Matt Glavin is the President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

"Matt and I don't agree on much of anything, but I thought we agreed on at least two things: first that Governor Bush should tell us where he stands on releasing the most accurate census numbers and, second, that all Americans should participate in the census. I fear this mailing will dampen participation in the census, and I urge him to stop."

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