Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign has come under fire for sending out mailers with “checks enclosed” -- for contributions, not deposit.
The mailer includes a fake check made out to "Cruz for President," not the recipient, for $45, The Huffington Post reports.
Along with the check is a letter stating that all donations made to the campaign will be matched by a “group of generous supporters.”
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“I’ll get right to the point: Your contribution of $45 to 'Cruz for President' – as long as you respond quickly – will be immediately matched for double the impact,” the letter begins.
A prospective voter in New Jersey reportedly sent the mailer to The Huffington Post and criticized the ad as enough to “fool [his] mother-in-law.”
Residents in about 12 other states said they received the mailer as well -- and not just Republicans; it appears the ad was sent out to registered Democrats and Independents too.
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Catherine Frazier, a spokesperson for the Cruz campaign, defended the mailer as a standard political advertisement.
“[The letter] clearly indicates that the contribution is going to the Cruz for President campaign,” Frazier told The Huffington Post.
“Match-type fundraising mailers are common to both campaign and non-profit solicitations,” she added.
Progress Texas, a liberal group, reportedly filed a complaint with the attorney general's office, claiming the mailer violates a state law regarding fake checks in solicitations.
This isn't the first time Cruz’s campaign has come under fire for its advertisements, according to Talking Points Memo. Iowa's secretary of state said a letter distributed before the Iowa caucuses “misrepresents Iowa election law.”
The controversy comes as Cruz tries to retain support before the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, after winning in Iowa with 28 percent, CNN reports.