Freshman Democratic congressman Tom Perriello — whose Virginia district leans Republican — faced a tough decision last month over whether to support the climate change bill. As he was weighing the issue, he got a letter from a non-profit group in his district that focuses on issues of importance to Hispanics. The letter urged Perriello to oppose the bill because it could raise low-income members’ utility bills. “Many of our members are on tight budgets and the sizes of their monthly utility bills are important expense items,” it read in part.
But, reports the Charlottesville Daily Progress, the letter was a fake:
“They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization,” said Tim Freilich, who sits on the executive committee of Creciendo Juntos, a nonprofit network that tackles issues related to Charlottesville’s Hispanic community. “It’s this type of activity that undermines Americans’ faith in democracy.”
The faked letter from Creciendo Juntos was signed by “Marisse K. Acevado, Asst Member Coordinator,” an identity and position at Creciendo Juntos that do not exist.
I’ve heard of stuff like jamming phone lines in inner-city neighborhoods where parties are trying to arrange rides to the polls, putting up fliers telling people to vote on the wrong day, etc. but goddamn. TPM got the email, apparently sent by a DC lobbying firm that might as well start billing itself as “having the biggest balls on the Capitol,” ‘cuz it turns out they sent maybe a half-dozen fake letters in total, including appropriating the NAACP’s name. How brazen can you get?