The reporter Chuck Ross writes that more so-called “voter shaming” mailers similar to the ones that the Ted Cruz presidential campaign used in Iowa are being sent to voters in New Hampshire.
But these particular letters, which registered Republicans began receiving in the mail on Monday, do not appear to be linked to the Texas senator. Instead, they originated with a mysterious group called Public Policy Matters which a Daily Caller investigation shows has Florida Sen. Marco Rubio‘s campaign as a client.
It is not yet clear that the Rubio campaign or a group supporting the 44-year-old candidate is behind the mailers. Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky LLC (HVJT), the Warrenton, Va. campaign finance law firm linked to Public Policy Matters, also counts as its clients the Republican National Committee, Karl Rove’s super PAC American Crossroads, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
But save for some work for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s super PAC, HVJT’s only direct relationship with a client running for the Republican nomination is Rubio. His campaign declined to comment before press time but offered to provide comment on Tuesday morning, after voting in New Hampshire will have started. TheDC will update with any comment that the Rubio campaign provides.
Chuck Ross further writes that the website LawNewz first reported the New Hampshire mailers, which are sent in an envelope which reads “Important Tax Information Enclosed.”
But rather than tax documents, the envelope contains a letter which provides recipients with their voting histories and those of their neighbors. A writer at the website Ricochet named Max Ledoux received one of the mailers and confirmed that some of the names listed on it are his neighbors. Others, he wrote, were from nearby towns.
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The mailers are intended to shame voters into showing up to the polls to avoid embarrassment among their neighbors.
“You and your friends, your neighbors, and other people you know will all know who voted and who did not vote,” the mailers warn.