03/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

RNC Fundraising 'Census' Could Mislead Recipients

Officials of both parties are sharply criticizing a fundraising mailing from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele they say could be confused with official correspondence regarding this year's census.

The fundraising letter comes in the form of a "survey," a frequently used device for partisan fundraising, but this one has a twist: Calling itself the "Congressional District Census," the letter comes in an envelope starkly printed with the words, "DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT" and describes itself, on the outside of the envelope, as a "census document."

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