Bad news for Ted Cruz. It looks like his shaky relationship with the truth may have finally drifted from outward lying to flat out illegal. Winning Democrats reports that a complaint has been filed due to a “fake check” mailer that violates a Texas House Bill 1265, which became law on June 19, 2015, which is:
Relating to a deceptive act or practice involving a solicitation in connection with a good or service or involving the production, sale, distribution, or promotion of certain synthetic substances.
The mailers look like official government checks, thereby encouraging the recipient to open and read them. But in actuality they are just a donation money grab. The check, as seen below, is payable to the Cruz campaign in the amount of $45 and alludes to a “matching donation” from other unknown donors.
This type of donation solicitation mailer is not illegal in many states, but Texas recently passed a law outlawing “fake checks” and now requires very specific wording and disclaimers to be written on it. The law is called the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and “requires businesses sending out fake checks to make sure people aren’t tricked into sending money” reports Winning Democrats. The law requires that the following phrase be placed directly on the front of the check in 18 point size font in all caps – “SPECIMEN-NON-NEGOTIABLE.”
Clearly, that phrase is not written on the check, so Cruz appears to be in violation of the law. Blasting News reports that a left wing activist group named Progress Texas has filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division regarding these mailers. Philip Martin, the deputy director of Progress Texas, said in a statement:
“We filed the complaint because no candidate is above the law, not even Ted Cruz”
House Bill 1265 was was written by Democrat Gene Wu, who was notified of the complaint and issued the following statement:
“This is the kind of mail my legislation was trying to prevent. It certainly breaks the spirit of the law, and I agree that the Texas’ Consumer Protection Division should look into whether or not it breaks the letter of the law, as well.”
Watch a segment on this from The Young Turks:
The Cruz campaign, in typical used car salesman double talk, refuses to acknowledge that they have actually broken a law by justifying their actions as typical of all campaign solicitation mailers. Sure, these types of mailers are not technically illegal in other states and probably occurred in Texas prior to June of 2015. The problem arises when the Cruz campaign can’t even acknowledge that they violated a law that clearly prohibited this type of mailer. To add insult, this violation didn’t happen in just any state, but Cruz’s own home state.
Cruz needs to change his campaign slogan from “Reigniting the Promise of America” to “I Promise to Distort, Double Talk and Evade the Truth – If It Gets Me Elected”
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