RE: Morgan Griffith’s Survey
In addition to all the complaints about the biased survey questions, my main objection is that after all of the expensive campaign advertisements paid for by PACs I had to endure last fall, now I am required to pay for ads myself.
Although disguised as a survey, Griffith’s mailing was really just a political advertisement “prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” as indicated on the back.
Yes, duly elected members of Congress have free mailing privileges and they can claim to be keeping in touch with their constituents with bogus surveys, but did I have to pay for a slick, glossy, card stock advertisement featuring color photos of my representative at work?
He included a photo of an “important message” on congressional letterhead superimposed over what appears to be fine wood paneling. Why not just send out the letter on regular paper with the survey on the back?
Or for that matter, why not just put the survey on his website, so people can respond without having to pay for a stamp?
With all the talk about cutting wasteful spending, we should start with an “opt out” option for taxpayer-funded campaign mailings.