Montana officials are warning residents about a survey with a similar appearance to a federal census form that was mailed to some households.
Labeled as the "2019 Congressional District Census," state officials say the imitation census form was mailed by the Republican National Committee seeking funds for President Trump's reelection campaign. The mailer requests donations of at least $15 for processing the "Census Document." It includes questions about President Trump's illegal immigration policies and national media bias.
In a press release, Montana's Census and Economic Information Center at the Department of Commerce said "official U.S. Census Bureau surveys will never ask respondents for money and those will always be postmarked from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau."
This isn't the first time a look-alike census form has made the rounds in Montana. State officials say a nearly identical mailer was sent to some residents in May.
An RNC official told The Hill the mailers clearly say they are from the RNC.
Montana's Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney said in the press release that "Montanans need accurate information about the Census to make sure we have a complete count of the folks who live here." He added, "An accurate and complete Census count for Montana is too important to take lightly."