RNC Chairman Michael Steele defended the RNC’s ‘Census’ mailer in an appearance on CNN a few minutes ago, saying the mailer “complied to what the law required.”
The RNC mailer bears the words “Census Document” and, in all caps, “DO NOT DESTROY/OFFICIAL DOCUMENT,” on the outside of the envelope. In smaller letters, it says: “This is not a U.S. government document.”
Earlier today, the House passed a new bill that seeks to ban such misleading Census mailers once and for all by closing loopholes in an existing law that already bans deceptive fundraising mailers of the sort sent recently by the RNC.
On CNN, Steele said the mailer was “not outside of those bounds” and complied with the existing law.
“I can’t help it that the Democrats wrote a bad bill,” he said. “The reality of it is we complied to what the law required and the mailer went out.”