I've a question for C99 community, should anyone know the answer.
I've been a registered democrat since 1970 and have voted that way pretty much every election with but a few exceptions, 2016 being one of those in which I vote for the Other woman.
I seem to get pitches for money from just about every Demo that is running for office or one of the Demo campaign committees (DCCC,DNC, DSCC, etc) and they all come with a "postage paid" envelope.
I understand members of Congress have franking privleges designed to update their constituencies. But do those privleges extend to campaign contribution pitches? Does the taxpayer pay for the return postage?
And if the pitch comes with a Nancy Pelosi label in the upper left corner of the envelop, and the pitch is for the DCCC, does the franking privilege cover the initial mailing?
Would it cover the return postage?
My interest is to create a standard form letter to stuff back in the envelop and drop it in the mail (perhaps with a piece of asphalt shingle) to register my, mmmm, "displeasure" with the entire party that used to represent me.
Of course, I could save the taxpayer by putting my own stamp on it along with the form protest letter. But is a book of stamps every couple of weeks worth it? Would anybody there even read it?
But if the postage is free, to me and the taxpayer, then I'm compelled to do it if not just to give some business to our friends and neighbors at the post office and to just feel like I'm doing my civic duty, to express my displeasure in governance.
If anyone here has any expertise in the matter, please enlighten me.
Thanks in advance.