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[Update at bottom of post] Today in New Hampshire voters, including my wife, are receiving a letter from “New Hampshire State Voting Program.” To the right is a scanned image of the letter. I can confirm that at least some of the other names on the list are those of our neighbors and other people in town. However, several of the addresses do not exist in our town, but are from other towns in New Hampshire, and not close towns, either. The voting record for my wife is accurate, although we were not New Hampshire residents in November, 2012.
The letter is topped with a seal that makes the letter look quasi-official. However, “Paid for by Public Policy Matters” is written at the bottom of the letter, making it clear this not an official document. There is no state-run “New Hampshire State Voter Program.”
In addition, “Public Policy Matters” does not appear to be a registered political action committee, according to searches at opensecrets.org and fec.gov. That could mean that Public Policy Matters is a recently formed PAC. The name is generic enough that a Google search is almost completely useless. The letter was sent from a post office box in Manchester, NH, and the envelope blared “IMPORTANT TAXPAYER INFORMATION ENCLOSED” in red letters.
The Ted Cruz campaign employed a similar tactic leading up to last week’s Iowa Caucuses, and other campaigns have also used voter shaming techniques in previous election cycles.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller links to this post in their investigative piece “New ‘Voter Shaming’ Mailers Show Up in New Hampshire,” which suggests possible connections between Public Policy Matters and the Rubio campaign, the Republican National Committee, Karl Rove’s super PAC American Crossroads, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.