The upper left-hand corner of the envelope says “Los Angeles County Area Assessment,” which is strikingly similar to the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor.
There’s an official-looking seal featuring an eagle and stars. “DO NOT TAMPER OR DESTROY,” the envelope warns ungrammatically but officiously.
But it’s not official correspondence. It’s a fundraising mailer from a Republican Senate group that L.A. County officials say may have violated state law.
“We’re very sensitive to this,” Assessor Jeff Prang told me. “The envelope clearly resembles letters from my office, right down to the typeface.”
The letter within, signed by Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), chairman of the National