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PHOTO: Ted Cruz Campaign Mailer Soliciting Donations Says ‘Summons Enclosed — Open Immediately’

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) rallies for a change in the renewable fuel standard during a visit of the bankrupt refinery of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, in South Philadelphia, PA, on February 21, 2018. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) reelection campaign sent out deceitful mailers to Texas voters disguised as court summonses, prompting confusion and blowback in a Senate race that tightens by the day. Needless to say, people aren’t happy.

The fundraising letter was packaged in a brown envelope with “SUMMONS ENCLOSED-OPEN IMMEDIATELY” plastered on the front. The return address reads “Official Travis County Summons.”

“Received this for my 88-year-old grandma. Says it’s a summons from Travis County, but is actually asking for money for ,” writes Sean Owen of Austin, Texas. “Did your campaign authorize this? Is this even legal? Shame on you. That’s one more voter.”

Inside, recipients got what Owen described as a “normal campaign fundraising letter,” asking for pledges to help reelect Cruz.

The mailer struck Owen as slimy, especially because it was addressed to his grandmother, whom he says has dementia.

“I am used to ignoring junk mail with URGENT or FINAL NOTICE written on it, but this fooled even me for a moment, as it plainly wants us to think it’s from our county government when it isn’t,” Owen told Newsweek. “That’s different, that’s over the line. It made me mad because my grandmother suffered from some dementia, and could easily have followed the urgent request inside to send money.”

People with elderly relatives came rushing to Owen’s defense on Twitter, agreeing that the Cruz campaign is attempting to swindle vulnerable people.

An official within the Cruz campaign confirmed to Newsweek on Monday that they had, in fact, sent the mailer.

Texas State Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) said the fundraising letter violates the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).

Wu cited a provision within the law that he believes Cruz violated.

“This is the very type of solicitation the law was intended to ban,” Wu added.

Others also questioned the legality of Cruz’s tactics.

If this looks at all familiar, it should. Cruz employed a similar strategy during his 2016 presidential bid.

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