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Mar 27, 2010 1:08 PM by Associated Press

Congress banning misleading census mailings

Congress has banned misleading mailings that appear to be from the Census Bureau. Republican groups recently sent out fundraising letters that appeared to be Census forms.

The Senate approved by unanimous consent a bill that requires mailings marked "census" to state the name and address of the sender and to contain an unambiguous disclaimer that the survey is not affiliated with the federal government. Earlier this month, the House passed the same bill 416-0.

The Census Bureau has said it was concerned that misleading mailings would undermine response rates for the official census forms.

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