Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said tactics could "lead to a lower census count," by confusing people. "Nothing could be more wrong," he added.
A recent RNC mailer, obtained by TPMmuckraker, said on the envelope: "PROCESS IMMEDIATELY -- 2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS ENCLOSED," and, "DO NOT DESTROY -- OFFICIAL DOCUMENT." Inside, a letter from RNC chair Michael Steele told recipients: "I have authorized a Census [note the upper-case 'C'] to be conducted of every Congressional District in the country. Enclosed is your official 2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS registered CODE..." That mailer followed other very similar mailers from the RNC.
In response, an RNC spokesman told TPMmuckraker in an emailed statement last week: "The document clearly indicates that it is an RNC mailer. The purpose of this document is to gather Republican opinion from across the country, while also raising funds vital for electoral success in November."
Watch...Issa's comments come after around 11 minutes, and Chaffetz's come at the 19:11 mark: