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Ted Cruz’s Latest Dirty Trick Is Almost Too Much To Be Believed

By Amanda Terkel

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is out with a deceptive new mailer that masquerades as official government business and promises people there’s a “check enclosed” when it’s actually asking for money instead.

A New Jersey resident sent The Huffington Post the latest piece of mail he received from Cruz’s campaign. The envelope appears to have come from Cruz’s Senate office and has his name printed the same way it often is for Senate business. In small type the mailer clarifies that it is for “personal” matters and was not sent at taxpayers’ expense. It also promises a check.

But the check inside — which is made out to the Cruz campaign, not to the voter — is fake. The accompanying letter promises that a “group of generous supporters” have promised to match donations received in response to the mailer.

The New Jersey voter who received the mailer and asked not to be named said the “misleading” letter would be enough to “fool my mother-in-law.”

The Cruz campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

As the Iowa caucuses were underway, the Cruz campaign told voters that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race — hoping his backers might instead support Cruz, who ultimately ended up winning. Carson did not drop out, and he and his supporters are still angry about the incident.

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