Unbelievable – Ted Cruz Campaign Sends Out Personal “Shaming Letters” To Iowa Voters…

update-1It has now been confirmed – The photograph of Ted Cruz campaign shaming letters is legit (see below).  The letters are officially from the Ted Cruz campaign.

Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to IJ Review that the mailer was theirs in a phone call Friday evening, saying that the targeting had been “very narrow, but the caucuses are important and we want people who haven’t voted before to vote.”  (link)

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The personalized letters target individual Iowa voters and identifies them as having failed to vote in prior elections.  They are admonished and then encouraged to vote this year.  In addition the letters identify the neighbors of the voter, and provides their voting history.

The text reads:

“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record.  Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well.  CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well.  A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses”.

ted cruz shaming campaign 3

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In an effort to shame the recipient, the notice also informs the targeted voter their neighbors have also been notified of the recipients poor voting record.

How the Cruz Team would think a public shaming campaign is a good idea is just staggeringly unbelievable.

The campaign scheme was exposed via Twitter where “Tom Hinkeldy, a resident of Alta, Iowa, tweeted a photo (which was later deleted because it included his personal address) on Friday evening of a mailer Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign sent addressed to his wife, Steffany” –link

Word spread rapidly.

The first name on the mailer list matches the name on the envelope at the top of the page.  The envelope also has a returned address as “Paid for by Cruz for President”, the official campaign name of Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign (not a super-pac):

ted cruz shaming campaign 2

(click to enlarge – address redacted)

Another Iowan, Braddock Massey, tweeted a photo of the mailer he received:

This has the very real potential to be a massive fail and seriously backfire against the Ted Cruz campaign.  He might have just given Marco Rubio a considerable gift with the Iowa election only two days away.

From the candidate who prefers to keep his own records, well,… sealed.

update-1UPDATE 5:00am:  It looks like Howie might have found the trail, via a professor in Northern Iowa named Christopher Larimer.  Describing a previous stunt like this in Alaska.  As outlined in a 2014 PBS article:

[…]  “Why would they think that shaming would make people comply?”

Because, well, it does. That’s according to Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. And he’s done the research to prove it.

“We found that when you make people aware of the norm of voting and that somebody else is going to observe whether or not you vote, people are more likely then to vote,” he said.

The letter from the so-called Alaska State Voter Project is nearly identical, word for word, to one that Larimer and other researchers tested in Michigan, right down to the typography and punctuation. In that 2006 research, Larimer and colleagues sent voters one of four different letters.

The softest message just urged people to do their civic duty and vote. The most aggressive letter matched the Alaska mailer. It included the addressee’s voting history as well as those of their neighbors, and contained something of a threat by promising a follow-up letter to show the results of the upcoming election.

Larimer says they got complaints, but the technique worked quite well. (read more)

That emboldened segment describes the current Cruz Campaign mailer 100%.  Also, Chris Larimer is noted in this recent Texas Tribune article about the controversial debate:

[…] For Cruz, the No. 2 candidate in many polls, Trump’s snub could make him the center of action at the Iowa Events Center, a role that comes with both risks and rewards.

“If Trump’s not there, it affects the strategy other candidates take toward Cruz,” said Christopher Larimer, a political science professor at the University of Northern Iowa. “Do they treat Cruz like the frontrunner, or do they talk about Trump?”

At the same time, Larimer added, the debate could be a “lost opportunity” for Cruz to challenge Trump on his conservative credentials in what’s likely their last meeting before the caucuses. (read more)

Looks like another one of those ever brilliant political consultant types sold the Cruz campaign on a version of their already extensive “psychographic analytics“.  Wouldn’t be surprised if billionaire Phd Robert Mercer, via Cambridge Analytica targeting – isn’t involved in the engineering of this too.

ted and heidi kiss

UPDATE:  Chris Larimer distances himself from this fiasco via the Washington Post:

[…]  “As a researcher who has done randomized field experiments with get out the vote mailings,” Larimer wrote in an email, “what I can say is that mailings that call attention to an individual’s vote history as well as that of their neighbors’ have been shown to be effective in terms of significantly increasing voter turnout. We draw on norm compliance theory which suggests that publicizing behavior regarding a social norm increases the likelihood of norm compliance.”

That was if the ad was crafted in a smart way. “The Cruz mailing is more negative than anything we have done and has the potential to elicit a negative response or what psychologists call ‘reactance’ or ‘boomerang effect,'” warned Larimer. “The mailing also states that a ‘follow up notice’ will be sent following the caucuses on Monday. This is not possible as caucus turnout is private and maintained by the parties.” (link)

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1,063 Responses to Unbelievable – Ted Cruz Campaign Sends Out Personal “Shaming Letters” To Iowa Voters…

  1. grainofsalt says:

    This is VOTER HARASSMENT by Cruz and his campaign. Very appalling!

    Liked by 7 people

    • This is the biggest lie to date. The Cruz campaign does not use tactics like this. It is appaling that the trump campaign can stoop to such low lows.
      Does there have to be even an touch of the truth for Andrew Breitbart to state such ignorant stuff? Not even close to an truth.
      There is dirty play in politics but the is about the biggest I have seen so far.
      I hope trump drops dead or drops out. Whichever is fine with me. Grow up trumpsters.


      • Mike TheMan says:

        For one, Andrew Breitbart has been dead for years.

        For two, The Cruz campaign confirmed that this was in-fact sent out by his campaign.

        So now what? You claimed this was the dirtiest play you have seen so far, and attributed this to Trump, now that it has been verified twice by Cruz’s campaign, are you still supporting him? Are you still going to falsely attribute this to Trump and call his supporters derogatory names?

        Liked by 1 person

      • kabuki says:

        “The Cruz campaign does not use tactics like this.”

        Not surprising we should have trouble believing this, regardless of what candidate we support, as it seems so obvious to be a dirty trick.

        That’s what Deuce tweeted, too: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/30/iowa-talk-show-host-steve-deace-shocked-the-cruz-campaign-would-send-out-shaming-letters/#more-111706

        As in the above info, Cruz campaign said yesterday the mailer was from them.


      • Martin says:



      • WellDuh says:

        Get your facts straight idiot – Trump had NOTHING to do with this.. it was ALL CRUZ

        After seeing the mailers, Iowa’s secretary of state, Paul Pate, issued a statement condemning Cruz’s tactic:

        “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a “voting violation” based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.
        Additionally, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office never “grades” voters. Nor does the Secretary of State maintain records related to Iowa Caucus participation. Caucuses are organized and directed by the state political parties, not the Secretary of State, nor local elections officials. Also, the Iowa Secretary of State does not “distribute” voter records. They are available for purchase for political purposes only, under Iowa Code.”

        On Saturday night, Cruz responded. “I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote,” he told reporters during a campaign stop in Sioux City.


        • Steve Pate says:

          Do to Iowa Voters, our last eight years have been nothing short of appalling. Thank You Iowa Voters for your last choice!
          Now we have a another Democrat running that said she couldn’t stand Obama first, now she tells you Iowa Voters she applause his Presidency. ( Another Lie by the democrats )
          Lets get this country back: Build our Nations Military, Re-Do this rediculous Healthcare System, Contain our Borders and start helping the Middle Class. **Don’t you agree!!!!


      • busseja says:

        I gave a substantial amount to Walker, Cruz and Trump. Got nothing but 7 more requests for money from walker until 2 months after he quit. Cruz was aggressive in asking for more. Shaming ads. You haven’t given enough ads etc. Guess what from Trump? A real Christmas card and a thank you.

        So all I can say is one is class the other an ass. I’ll continue to give to the man who simply said “thanks.”


      • Jeff Black says:

        Ted Cruz is low beyond belief. This is the lowest under handed trick any one could use. No different than one of those scum bad IRS fraud people who try and con old people. I would not trust Cruz in an outhouse with a muzzle on. They need to lock him and Hillary in the same jail cell. He said him self just before he ran for Senator that a natural born citizen was some one with two US parents who was born on US soil. Google it. He flip flops like a fish on dry land. He gets his donations from Goldman Sachs. People you best shy away from this man because he is a crook and has a bad habit of not telling the truth. Bad news that’s all he is. Big con artist.


    • Martin says:

      This is false information, Ted Cruz has not sent these mailings out! This article boarders on slander on this websites part and saddens me that there is no true vetting of the information this site posts. I have come to the conclusion that there is an agenda on this site to push for the establishments choice.


    • mrvicchio says:

      I’m certain you were ever going to give Cruz the time of day anyway.


    • pjsolarz says:

      I have received these same mailers from the DNC and the RNC over the years as a precinct delegate. Nothing to apologize for, more media witch hunting.


    • Responsible (i.e. well-informed, conscientious) voting is a bare minimum duty of Americans; those who refuse to participate should be dreadfully ashamed.


  2. Honest Abbey says:

    I’d like to know how accessible this public information is to the average person. What do you think will happen if, on Monday morning, we all called our Board of Elections and said “Hi, this is Mr. or Mrs. Smith from Main Street and I’d like to know when the last time Jane & Joe Johnson from across the street voted – oh, and who did they vote for?

    How fast would we be told to get lost?

    I might have to try it, just for kicks.

    Liked by 6 people

    • sam says:

      You can only access if the person vote or not on that election cycle not who he/she voted for. Only the person themselves can access who they voted for.

      Liked by 1 person

      • JeremyR says:

        Not entirely true, if they voted on a Diebold machine, they may only think they know who they voted for if it wasn’t for Barry.


    • anita murphy says:

      there is no such thing of grading a persons voting history.. this is pure dirty politics from a man who pretends to be so riches & honorable .. this is the same man who wants to make the sands glow as he bombs all life in Syria.. a man of peace.. the anointed one according to his father.. it’s all about the $$$ & power.. no better than trump


    • barry34785 says:

      Vote.com is how you find this information. It’s public record. It’s compiled information. It even shows if you’re registered under which party or no party. How you voted or who for still remains secret. Everything else is public record.


      • Mark says:

        WHAT IS VOTE.COM? Total BS^¿¿¿

        Vote.com is a fully interactive web site designed to give Internet users a voice on important public issues and other topics. The Internet is filled with chances for us to listen and read. This site gives us a chance to speak out and to be heard. When you vote on a topic listed on our site, we’ll send an e-mail to significant decision-makers like your congressional representative, your senators, and the president telling them how you feel.


        Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.


        Morris’ entire career has been in polling — finding out what voters think. He and McGann want voters to have a way to speak out. Morris says, “I trust the voters a whole lot more than the politicians. I guess I know the politicians too well.”

        IS IT FREE?



        Neither. It’s a ballot box. And it’s not Democrat or Republican either. It has no point of view. It wants to bring your point of view to the attention of those in power.


        You bet. The computer knows how you vote, but we don’t. Your vote is encrypted so that even the staff people at Vote.com cannot access that information.


        Nope. We will tell you about referenda you might find interesting (based on the ones you have already voted in). And, if you tell us, we won’t send you anything.


        Over 1.7 million people have already registered to make their vote count at Vote.com. Hopefully, millions more will also want to vote. It will give us all a chance to be heard so our voice gets loud enough to drown out the special interests that run Congress.


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  3. TheseTruths says:

    There is a difference between public information and published information. Any individual can look up public information, but they don’t usually broadcast it to all your neighbors. This smacks of Big Brother. I suspect people might be more concerned about privacy now than they used to be. This is a good way to lose support, forever.

    Liked by 7 people

    • zzschnops says:

      This will supress the vote in the future. Those who have never voted will never register to vote so that their names will not be on the list of voters, and when they voted.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Eskie Mom says:

        Maybe that’s what Cruz is trying to do– suppress the vote. It is certainly voter intimidation; as much as the New Black Panthers slapping their billy clubs at the polling station in Philadelphia.
        Somebody needs to pursue this. Hard.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Justice_099 says:

    All discussion of Ted Cruz’s campaign is post-mortem analysis at this point.

    I’ve caught myself referring to it in the past tense. Not intentionally.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Moderators: check your email. 😉

    Liked by 5 people

  6. polly says:

    I know someone who did something similar to this is in Connecticut back around the 1980s. Gary Hale had the election all locked up prior to the letters. The letters had an effect. He lost the election in a landslide because the letters were seen as an invasion of privacy by the Democrats who received them. Gary Hale stayed far away from politics for 9 years. It took that long for the incident to blow over.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Tk says:

    Why did you feel it necessary to publish the photo with the guys address?


  8. zzschnops says:

    someone that has gotten one of these needs to make a complaint about voter intimidation.

    I do not know who or where to go to do this. This is not an encouragement to vote, it is a threat that unless they vote, something bad will happen.

    Sundance… am I wrong?

    Liked by 4 people

    • From early post on this thread: VOTER INTIMIDATION

      Kelly says:
      January 30, 2016 at 3:16 am
      According to Iowa Election Law, looks like a clear case of intimidation. Go to page 82 of the following document. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ElectionLaws/ElectionLaws.pdf , and you will find:

      39A.2 Election misconduct in the first degree.
      1. A person commits the crime of election misconduct in the first degree if the
      person willfully commits any of the following acts:

      c.Duress. Intimidates, threatens, or coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, a person to do or to refrain from doing any of the following:
      (1) To register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register to vote.
      (2) To urge or aid a person to register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register
      to vote.
      (3) To sign a petition nominating a candidate for public office or a petition
      requesting an election for which a petition may legally be submitted.
      (4) To exercise a right under chapters 39 through 53

      Liked by 2 people

    • Eskie Mom says:

      Obviously not Sundance (bet he & the mods are up to their neck in troll BS), but the Federal Election Commission or maybe the Attorney General for Iowa would be my guess.
      Gov. Branstadt doesn’t like Cruz. Maybe someone in his office could advise.

      Hope this helps

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Mike says:

    H/T Sundance this is world class investigative reporting!. I am having another wow just wow moment.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Russ says:

    I’d be PO’d if one of these Voter Records turned up, and would vote for Trump just to kick Cruz’s A$$ for doing this!
    Trump would say: Yo Ted, thanks for the extra votes.!.!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Howie says:

    This exposure of pshchographic profiling is troubling me. It is causing me to take a second look at the profiling complaints by blacks. The research I have done is very disturbing. I may have not been seeing the forest for the trees. More to come.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jenny R. says:

      Ok, this is something people are going to have to come to grips with: blacks are profiled. They have a legitimate complaint about that — and I find it troubling that the media only portrays the stories where the person in question kinda deserved to be profiled. There are a lot of other people who don’t.
      My mother had an Italian last name, thanks to Dad, and a first name that usually belongs to famous black actors (it was a family name)…would you like to know how many times that woman got stopped? What some of the bs excuses for those stops were? How many times any of the rest of her family got pulled over if they borrowed her car? How many miles (yes, miles) the state troopers used to (very blatantly) follow any vehicle of hers and then pull it over? (admittedly, it probably didn’t help that my mom liked big cars and SUVs with tinted windows — she was too short for the visors to work — but still) Of course, everybody got let go once they realized the person driving the car didn’t look like Franco Harris, and it was a family joke, but it does point to an issue: if you are a law abiding citizen, should you have to put up with that? Or, if you do…then can you actually see any good results in your specific community?
      On another level it really wasn’t funny at all; it was bs.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Howie says:

        When I was young I had long hair. I was not a Hippie but a Beach Bum. I know what you say but it did not bother me so much. But yes. I am thinking about all this. “Profiling.”


      • Jenny R. says:

        and another reason I bring it up is because at the same time “oh, we can’t and don’t profile” is used as an excuse whenever it comes to muslims and illegals coming over the border…they haven’t broken any laws so we can’t tail them; that’s a big old bald faced lie, because they do it all the time with other groups of people.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Howie says:

        TX for the reply. What I am thinking about is a term I used to hear. “Victimless Crime.” Should a crime demand a victim? For example in Oregon who was his “victim?” Should psychographic profiling be used to identify possible future crimes and then charge people with crimes the “might commit.” Ahh Dunno. Just thinking about it all.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Curry Worsham says:

          The law says, “…attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce a person… to vote…”. The victim is the other candidate(s). Attempt is all that is required.

          Liked by 1 person

    • chrystalia99 says:

      Just a few days ago when I subscribed (finally, just been busy) after reading many of Sundance’s excellent accounts on this election cycle, I dropped Sundance an email suggesting some avenues of investigation re: psychographic segmentation, the 6 corporations who own over 90% of the media, and the interesting financial bedfellows FOX and the various GOPers have in common.

      Believe me, Cambridge Analytica and their ilk can do some very amazing stuff with PS, semiotics, and memeology. I have examples saved in my external drives over the years that would definitely turn anyone’s hair white. One of the many reasons I keep a very respectful relationship with the modern Order of the Blessed St Liebowitz in tin foil hatland is the pervasive and near endemic use of these things in media, textbooks, advertising etc.

      Profiling of citizens of any stripe by local LEO is the lesser problem at the moment when it comes to this.some of the civilians that are using these techniques have a whole lot more in mind than profiling when the coming social unrest begins, and not just when it comes to blacks. If you want help with your investigations, read through my old disqus posts (same avatar and no 99) and drop me contact info through an old post, here, or wherever.

      AND THAT GOES FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW HOW THIS WORKS, and SUNDANCE ALSO. I’m a professional ghost writer, a crack researcher, and I have data filed literally going back to 8 track tapes and TI99-4As. And I know how this works. In my past posting history on Disqus–back about a month–you’ll find several LONG posts on the subject.


  12. Howie says:

    My take on Mr. Cruz. He is a great well studied lawyer. He is not trying to make his case to the voters. He is making up his case. He is making up his case to fit the psychographic profile of the voters he wants to fool. Awful. He is a hoax from top to bottom. JMO from what I see.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. John Galt says:

    California v. Greenwood, 486 U.S. 35 — No privacy rights in trash at curb.

    Hide your wife, hide your kids, hide your trash.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Josh says:

    People who don’t vote should be shamed and ashamed. But not like this.

    “This has the very real potential to be a massive fail and seriously backfire against the Ted Cruz campaign.” – as well it should. Tsk, tsk, Ted 😦

    Liked by 4 people

    • stringy theory says:

      Josh, one problem is that too many lofo voters who are on the dole do vote, sometimes many times in the same election.

      Liked by 1 person

    • the_sirius_one says:

      I disagree!

      Not voting is tantamount to voting for None Of The Above or showing apathy in the options or the process.

      I personally would rather have a potential voter stay home and not vote than vote coerced with no real conviction.

      Also, stay at home non voters amplify the votes of those who really care.

      Liked by 1 person

      • If you vote for nothing then don’t complain when the government does nothing.

        Liked by 2 people

        • lineabirgit says:

          you’re right. i’m bad! shame me! i should get out and vote like a responsible adult even if that means picking the “lesser of two evils.”

          (republican) teddy bears for illegal migrants, outsource jobs to India, and let’s turn social security into a big money grab for Wall Street.

          (democrat) free college for illegal migrants, free housing for Syrian draft dodgers, and too bad so sad veterans.


          • lineabirgit says:

            sorry!! i don’t want to sound angry. but if Trump wasn’t running i would have better things to do than pay attention to politics… like, color my hair, clean my stove, and i haven’t gone to the gym yet today. and oh, and maybe a job would be nice.


        • swissik says:

          Not a good argument. I voted for over 50 years and have yet to get a result that benefits me. I would be quite happy with maybe 20% of what I vote for but not even that happens.

          Liked by 2 people

      • viddysweet says:

        Showing apathy is the worst thing you could do. We have people bringing in foreigners to do the jobs that Americans won’t, do you seriously want voting to be one of those things?


    • zzschnops says:

      it is up to the candidate to be convincing enough to get us to vote. Shaming is one of the reasons I HATE ultra religous.

      If you want your neighbor to vote, go talk to them, face to face.

      The “VIOLATION” word scares me enough to get my gun out of the safe.

      Liked by 2 people

    • swissik says:

      Well excuse me sir, it is none of your or others’ business whether I vote or not. Until we have a category on the ballot that says “none of the above”, it is absolutely permissible to not vote without having to be ashamed for it. The only problem I see is that nobody will know the reason. That is why the none of the above should be routine on ballots.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Sanj says:

    Ok, I stupidly thought asking for 1 on 1 debates, especially after Jebra! Tried and flopped, was the bottom of be desperation barrel, I admit I was wrong. I am no longer calling a bottom in desperation because these guys keep digging.


    • Howie says:

      Make no mistake about it. The final battle is Jebito v Donald. The rest of this is just a Dog and Pony Show. Kukla, Ollie, Laurel Hardy, and the rest of the splitters and stiffs.


  16. I would almost bet money (Not a gambler) that Steve Deace had a hand in this. It certainly carries his stink.


  17. skifflegirl says:

    Reblogged this on skifflegirl and commented:

    Donald Trump has gotten in to Ted Cruz’ head. Forced errors, unforced errors, you name it. Here is the evidence of blatant intimidation and stupidity that does not belong in the White House. Sheesh this guy is WORSE than Obama.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Just_me says:

    Don’t know what caused the seismic shift, but there is a HARD CORE Cruz supporter that is now supporting a Cruz or Trump presidency. This Twitter person has trashed Trump for months and tweeted nothing but do or die, 100% pro-Cruz stuff. I am stunned. Best of all, he is Tweeting to his many followers that we need to support either Cruz or Trump, against the Dem candidate. Never thought he would ‘see the light’. Pigs are flying, that’s for sure.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Just_me says:

    Tweet from Ron Paul

    Dr. Rand PaulVerified account
    Hypocrisy is @TedCruz shaming #Iowacaucus goers for missing votes after missing #AudittheFed http://bit.ly/1KgXUWR

    Liked by 2 people

  20. varangia says:

    You lousy, corn fed hucksters, get your lazy asses to the polls and vote for me.
    – Senator Ted Cruz


  21. CCGrrl says:

    It says right at the bottom “Not for commercial use”. Is this not “commercial use”?! I’d think this was illegal. How is he getting away with this?


  22. Texas Jack says:

    Earlier today an old dear friend of my wife and I (a bridesmaid in our wedding nearly 33 years ago) sent me an Instant Message with a link to a hit piece on Sundance and the Last Refuge as she called it. It was sent in an effort from a friend to help me “see the light.”
    I responded, “thank you for your good intentions.” That’s all i said.
    I promptly got a lengthly response which included a first time disclosure that she on the Ted Cruz team. She was proud to let me know that she was more than a campaign worker for Ted Cruz. In her words, she was “deep in the bowels” of the Cruz organization. Wow – Don’t you know that lit me up and I did resist any number of gutter level references that would clarify what she was saying she was as an inhabitant of that region.
    Oh there’s more to this personal revelation from and old friend, but i won’t air anymore of it out here. It rips our friendship. I am waiting for another response to my lengthy one to her followed by the boot as a FB friend.

    Suffice to say about the bigger picture regarding this article: Ted Cruz, his team and strategic partners clearly prove again that they are not transparent, are not honest, are without scruples and are a house full of snakes.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. zzschnops says:

    time to post a link to this story at Drudge


  24. Christopher Larimer says:

    CORRECTION: I do NOT work for the Cruz campaign and have absolutely nothing to do with it or these mailings. Thank you, Christopher Larimer


  25. DaveNY says:

    Still waiting for drudge and bb to catch up with this story.


  26. jonvil says:

    When I saw this on another site earlier, my immediate thought was: this is indicative of the sort of person who would embrace Seven Mountain Dominionism.


  27. azfederalist says:

    The campaign has been using very questionable tactics universally. Here in Arizona, I’ve received a number of emails that make me less likely to financially support rather than more likely, these emails come across sounding like a personal email and then telling how I am one of the “trusted few” (after two donations of $50 each? That’s a pretty low bar to become one of the trusted few):
    An example:
    [name redacted], you’re my last resort.

    This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m emailing you again because you’re one of a trusted few.

    I’ve got less than 36 hours to raise $126,000 or risk letting you and all of the dedicated volunteers in Iowa down …

    I’ve gotten desperate appeals from Ted’s wife and from some of his campaign leaders. Doesn’t make me want to jump up and turn over a few more dollars. I think Cruz is getting some bad advice on this.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Emma Johnson says:

    http://oskynews.org/?p=76426 This is a reply from Secretary of State in Iowa.


  29. DaveNY says:

    The Hill FINALLY picked this up and it is now on DRUDGE! It’s great to be ahead of the curve here at TCTH but man it sure is agonizing waiting for everyone else to catch up!


    Liked by 2 people

    • lineabirgit says:

      from the article:
      “Also, the Iowa Secretary of State does not ‘distribute’ voter records. They are available for purchase for political purposes only, under Iowa Code.”

      kinda debunks the whole public record meme the trolls are pushing.


    • jello333 says:

      “ahead of the curve”

      This is actually a pretty common feature of Sundance and the Treehouse. 😉


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  31. MMM says:

    Trump ‘ground operation team’ is more efficient and invisible than what they like outsiders to think.


    Senior Republicans have privately accepted that, should he emerge victorious in Iowa, the property mogul’s drive for the nomination could be “unstoppable”. One Republican official said: “If Donald Trump wins Iowa, I think he has won, period.”

    But Mr Murray said recent studies suggest that, even in this states with its complicated voting system, Mr Trump’s supporters are primed and ready for action.

    He pointed to a sharp increase in the number of registered Republicans in Iowa, rising from 140,000 to 170,000 this month alone. “We believe these are mostly Trump supporters,” Mr Murray said.


  32. Katie Baker says:

    Gentlemen, I beleive you to be an honest reporter of the news and so I would like to point out a couple of items I have discovered doing some research since your post.

    What your article failes to reveal is that Hinkelday is an Iowa attorney with Nick Brown’s law firm and that they are the attorney’s representing large agricultural concerns. He is also listed on ZoomInfo as “Financial Officer at Farm Credit Services.”


    Could it be possible that this is just another dirty politics … as usual?

    It is also a fact that in the November, 2014 web report of “Crooks and Liars” that they exposed the fact that the GOP had plans to release these voter letters. It is no secret that the GOP is NOT a Cruz fan!


    So who really sent out these letters? I plan to get to the bottom of this and publish the results. Could it be that there is someone inside the Cruz campaign who has deliberately set out to try and sabotage the campaign, just as there was a sabatour in the Michele Bachmann campaign? I thought it interesting that her main advisor, who told her to drop out of the race, immediately went to work for Mitt Romney. Her Iowa campaign manager, just the week before the election went to work for Ron Paul and, by the way, Kent Sorenson was indicted on federal charges and had to resign as State Senator! http://www.desmoinesregister.com/…/ron-paul…/31165669/

    Just once I would like to see honest campaigns run so that the voters will have the truth and be able to make wise informed decisions. Let’s you and I work together to try and ensure that this happens. What say you?

    Katie Baker, Asst. Editor

    Katie, the Ted Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler and the Press Secretary have both admitted this was an official Ted Cruz campaign mailer. There is no conspiracy here, just poor judgement.

    Regards, Sundance


  33. MeJane says:

    It is amazing that Cruz would shamefully use shaming as a way to garner new voters, that is sheer stupidity but add breaking Iowa election law by making the notice appear official when it is not, that is gross stupidity.


  34. ZZZ says:

    It will increase voter turn – but the accused voter will NOT vote for the campaign that sent out these mailers. This is beyond stupid politics…


    • Gail Combs says:

      Think Chess

      This is a very smart move if the actual goal is to dilute the Trump vote so0 he loses the majority and make it easier for the GOPe to saddle us with Jebba the Twig


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  36. Iman Boozer says:

    Cruz 2056!


  37. jello333 says:

    I’m way behind with the posts Sundance has put up over the past day or so… trying to catch up! And I’m only about halfway through the comments in this post, so this may have already been suggested. But if not…

    Could this be some kind of reverse psychology? I mean look, surely Cruz and his people aren’t stupid enough to think this will make people like him more… right? Even they’re not that dumb. So could it be that they’re hoping people’s reaction go something like this?:

    “Who is this guy to tell me I have to go vote? The nerve! Just for that, even though I hadn’t yet decided if I was gonna go vote, now I’m DEFINITELY not going!”

    And that person stays home. Haven’t we been hearing that the higher the turnout, the bigger Trump’s margin of victory is likely to be? So what I’m suggesting is, maybe this is an attempt on Cruz’s part not to increase the number of people who come out on election day, but to DECREASE that number.

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  39. How about if Iowa voters knew that up until his demise, Saddam Hussein used voter turnouts records to to indicate if citizens were counter revolutionary and that he claimed close to 100% of Iraqis would vote…sure they did they were too scared not to…anyone else think Mr Cruz is out of control and a Fascist?


    • Michael Hartson says:

      He is using mass mailings. He knows his demographic. Iowa is filled with older middle aged people who still watch the nightly news, get the local paper, and have been going to the same church for the last 35 years. He used mass mailing, and the threat of failing, or being found wanting and scorned by your neighbors. Very powerful for a lot of Iowans, quite sad though.


  40. Chuck harris says:

    If i lived in iowa and got this..you can bet your ass i would not vote for him..even if he had me in his pocket before the notice came…this to me was down right desperate and stupid.


  41. Michael Hartson says:

    I live in Iowa. I did not get one. Or I did and my cat chewed it up, can’t be too sure. Anyhow, I good friend of mine is stumping for Cruz, I’m for Trump. Thank god most of our debates have been over several glasses of beer, otherwise it could get ugly. And yes, my wife’s cookies helped. My friend was aghast at this latest Cruz foible. He is however, still caucusing for Cruz. Perhaps I should have brought out the 100% whiskey instead of the beer.


  42. Martin says:

    Open your eye Trump supporters, Don’t drink the kool aid it is laced with lies!


  43. Ross Burdin says:

    Grow up Cruz lovers. Cruz would not make a good president.


  44. Big Bear says:

    Cruz just painted himself a member of the clASSroom crowd. Petty control freak.


  45. Sundance I added some information in comments and linked this article to The Gateway Pundit piece which you might want to check out.

    BREAKING=> Carson Accuses Cruz Camp of FOUL PLAY – Told Voters Carson Was Dropping Out — WITH PROOF!



  46. Jenny says:

    Unbelievable!!!! I just got a note from Ted Cruz ASKING ME TO DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN?
    I’ve lived through a lot of presidents and this is a first. While looking up details on this I found all sorts of crap from him. Including what I read right here. This guy is a real piece of work. Actually makes Obama look good!

    Oh hell no, I sure will NOT be voting for him. No way no how. Top of my do not vote for list is Hillary. With him now a very close second. (To the bottom that is.)

    WHY can’t anyone actually honorable ever run for president? Seems every election I have to pick the least bad of the bad. I want a none of the above on my ballot. (Gee, we may never have another president again.)


  47. Philip Barnes says:

    Ted Cruz is a lying conniving piece of garbage and his wife is stealing from Goldman Sachs and he also will not give up any of his financial statistics also he has six different women in this side is even stay married to Heidi or you can take one of the other ones with him to the White House if he wins which he won’t win cuz he’s trash


  48. KMA says:

    haha they failed


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