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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which ensures Republicans are elected to the House, is using Trump-like pre-checked boxes with in-your-face rhetoric verging on emotional blackmail, according to MSNBC.
“We need to know we haven’t lost you to the Radical Left,” one pre-checked yellow box on the NRCC’s website read this week. “If you UNCHECK this box, we will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR & sided with the Dems. CHECK this box and we can win back the House and get Trump to run in 2024.”
According to the Times, defeated Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler also used pre-checked boxes in advance of their runoff elections last January, prompting a similar uptick in refund rates.
Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21, a non-profit that combats money in politics, told Insider that he’d “never seen anyone do what the Trump campaign just did.”
“They knew they were tricking people into signing up for what they thought was one contribution, when they were really signing up for multiple contributions. Then when they got caught, they sent the money back. It’s like if a bank robber got caught and said, ‘Oh, well, I gave the money back.'”