Ted Cruz’s mailers are getting a lot more attention - not the kind he necessarily wants.
Progress Texas, a liberal group, filed a complaint Monday with the Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division over what it said was a deceptive Cruz mailer and the Texas Democratic Party weighed in saying the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was tricking Texas voters.
“It’s a dirty trick at best and illegal at worst,” said Phillip Martin, Deputy Director of Progress Texas. “We filed the complaint because no candidate is above the law, not even Ted Cruz. His campaign has been up to a number of dirty tricks this year, and the people of Texas deserve to know exactly what he is up to.”
The Huffington Post posted a picture of the envelope that gives the return address with Cruz’s signature and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and says “check enclosed.” In small type it says “personal business.” The “check” is made out to the Cruz presidential campaign and the fund raising letter says that donors will match whatever the recipient contributes.
The mailer was first reported by the Houston Chronicle. An earlier Cruz mailer before the Iowa caucuses warned voters of “voting violations” and scored them and their neighbors on their voting records - prompting a rebuke from the Republican Iowa secretary of state. Cruz defended it and said it was meant to drive up voter participation.
“First, Ted Cruz bullied and shamed Iowa voters for their voting record history; then, he lied to caucus goers, telling them Ben Carson had dropped out of the race; now, he is sending fundraising mailers all over Texas, tricking people into giving money to his campaign,” said Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia.
The Cruz campaign did not return a request for comment.