Progress Texas, a liberal Lone Star State organization, filed an official complaint about one of Cruz's presidential campaign mailers with the Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
The mailer, which lists his Senate office address and says "Check Enclosed" on the outside of the envelope, contains a fake check made out to Cruz for $45 (the Texas Senator wants to be the 45th president). The mailer asks the recipient to mail the check back as part of a "matching program."
Progress Texas deputy director Phillip Martin said the mailer is a dirty trick at best and illegal at worst.
“We filed the complaint because no candidate is above the law, not even Ted Cruz," Martin says in a press release. "His campaign has been up to a number of dirty tricks this year, and the people of Texas deserve to know exactly what he is up to.”
The Deceptive Trade Practices Act, passed by State. Rep. Gene Wu, a Houston Democrat, requires businesses sending out fake checks to make sure people aren't tricked into sending money. Specifically, the law requires "SPECIMEN-NON-NEGOTIABLE" to be clearly printed in at least 18-point type.
“This is the kind of mail my legislation was trying to prevent,” Wu says. “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. Texas consumers should not be tricked into sending anyone their money, especially to elected officials.
A little more than a week ago, Progress Texas criticized Cruz for a mailer he sent out to Iowa voters
grading their participation in elections. The mailer had red lettering that read: "Voter Violation."
Sen. Ted Cruz may be violating a 2015 deceptive trade practices law approved by the Texas Legislature that deals with font size, according to one advocacy group..