The Republican National Committee recently mailed out a “Trump Agenda Survey,” presumably with the intent of gaining a better understanding about what the American people think of Trump’s presidency so far.
The survey begins with a letter from Ronna McDaniel, the new RNC chairwoman, telling recipients that “President Donald J. Trump needs your advice and support” because “turning our country around after eight years of Barack Obama in the White House will not be easy.”
McDaniel’s message is followed by twelve questions about topics ranging from President Trump’s policies and promises to “obstruction” from congressional Democrats.
While the RNC will hopefully take into account responses to all of the survey’s questions, it seems that they’re most interested in the final question: “Will you make a commitment to stand with President Trump and Republicans in Congress as they fight to put our nation back on track and Make America Great Again?”
As the images above show, Question 12 is all about the RNC begging for money, and it makes it clear that this survey was not just sent out to better understand what people want to see from Donald Trump.
There are three options that can be checked in response to the question:
- The first option is an emphatic “Yes!” followed by a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000.
- The second option is a $15 donation “to cover processing.”
- The third option is to not donate any money and “not support President Trump and Republicans in Congress.
Basically, recipients can either donate money and show support or not donate money and show the RNC that they don’t support Donald Trump. There’s no other option for people who are simply unable to offer any money, which seems to indicate that this survey’s whole purpose is just to raise funds.
This is not the first time Republicans have sent out a plea for money disguised as a survey. Earlier this month, Trump’s team sent out a “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” encouraging those on his email list to “do [their] part to fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions.”
A portion of the survey can be seen below.
Inbox: "Contributions to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee are not deductible for federal income tax purposes." pic.twitter.com/xOpNjLoE7j
— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) February 16, 2017
After participants filled out this survey, Mic reports, they were taken directly to a donation page.
Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, a Democratic consultant and marketing strategist, explained to Mic that such surveys are nothing more than a “fundraising tactic.”
‘Campaigns regularly use these “surveys” to engage supporters and make them feel heard. It’s not at all statistically valid and no one should pretend that it’s anything more than a fundraising tactic.’
Considering the emphasis the RNC placed on giving President Trump financial support in this most recent survey, it certainly seems accurate that their primary focus is raising money, rather than learning about the concerns of the American people.
If only this news were more surprising.
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