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The tormenting of True the Vote

The tormenting of True the Vote

Of all the groups singled out by the IRS, True the Vote seemed to get extra special treatment, in a bad way:

True the Vote founder Catherine Englebrecht doesn’t want to believe the federal government singled her out. But…

“These are odd days,” she said.

Three years ago, her group asked the IRS for tax-exempt status. They’re still waiting.

“After three years, why are we still in this mill?” she said.

True the Vote has been through five rounds of IRS questionnaires, the third of them came with nearly 150 questions.

“‘We want to see every Facebook posting you’ve ever posted, and every tweet you’ve ever tweeted. And we want to know everywhere you’ve ever spoken,'” Englebrecht said.

One of the questionnaires is available here.

Other groups which were targeted were asked about connections to True the Vote:

The North East Tarrant Texas Tea Party (NETTTP never told the IRS they were working on the Verify the Recall project. The group may have posted the nationwide appeals for data entry volunteers on their website, but the project was being driven by the two Wisconsin-based tea party organizations. Yet the IRS asked the NETTTP to tell them all they knew about the Verify the Recall project.

“There is no explaining this away,” Catherine Engelbrecht, President of True the Vote told RightWisconsin in an exclusive interview. “It is a reprehensible abuse of power by the IRS to ask one organization for information about the activities of a separate organization while holding their non-profit status hostage.”

Engelbrecht appeared on the Mike Huckabee show this weekend and discussed the problems, including how other federal agencies including OSHA and ATF piled on with investigations and inspections:

Catherine Engelbrecht of True The Vote on The Huckabee Program on FOX 5 18 2013 from Wetumpka Tea Party on Vimeo.

More at National Review Online, True Scandal; A tea-party group targeted by Democrats gets attention from the IRS—and the FBI, OSHA, and the ATF.


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And this is just how Chicago works.,0,2797334,full.column

DC is the biggest sewer in modern time, and that is ALL attributable to one ideology, along with its head.

From whence all rotten flows.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Ragspierre. | May 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The filth and stench of corruption goes back a ways…through both Bush administrations and the Clintons in between.

      Ragspierre in reply to Uncle Samuel. | May 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Really, Unc…???

      ‘Cause I cannot recall a W IRS corruption scandal.

      Nor do I recall his AG being a thug. Rather the opposite.

        Uncle Samuel in reply to Ragspierre. | May 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Maybe I’m just angry…but the stories of Clinton and Bush’s financial ties with the Islamists keep on coming.

        And I’ll never forgive Bush II for lying and calling Islam the religion of peace.

Uncle Samuel | May 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

Obama is a bully.

His administration and agencies are bullies.

He has abused the power of his office and in over 1000 Executive Orders, he has exceeded that power – without a peep from the other two branches of government.

LukeHandCool | May 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

No good, civic-minded deed will go unpunished by the ones we weren’t waiting for.

Good luck to this lady. She’s a true American.

legalizehazing | May 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I’m a fan of True The Vote. It’s sad to see this kind of treatment.

I wonder just who could possibly have interest in retarding this group?

Just how much longer, are We the People, going to put up w..NO, ACCEPT this bullshit, from a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”!?

    legalizehazing in reply to JP. | May 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    until the people are starving. 1 of about 12 useful things I learned in college. After food prices reach a certain amount of per capita income the chances of violent revolution explode.

    But in a more serious note the conservative movement now needs to move offline and to face to face. People have no idea and are completely sheltered by msm & pc. That’s how it’s going to stay unless people talk face to face and feel the concern and compassion.

      Bruno Lesky in reply to legalizehazing. | May 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      “Until the people are starving… After food prices reach a certain amount of per capita income the chances of violent revolution explode.”

      True, but recent history shows the turn is toward the LEFT! My short form college history lessons (may be incorrect!):

      Russia 1917 people starving. Bolshevik ascendancy.
      Germany post WW 1 people starving (in great part due to British blockade war strategy). Nazi party ascendancy.
      Berlin post WW 2. Russian strategy to turn occupied Berlin to Communism: starve them. (Foiled by Berlin air lift.)

      Is our current administration copying a strategy to “starve” our productive capacities… via “stimulus,” tax, deficit spending, regulation including no frack-no coal-no natural gas, labor gangster tactics, looming medical shortage via obamacare, etc.?

      Another subject. really like your concept of face-to-face advocacy. Thanks!

Just to maintain a sense of humor….

I want to nominate Dan Pfeiffer for the Indigo Montoya prize for the month of May for his use of the word “irrelevant”.

I don’t know. I don’t remember. I can’t recall.
It threatens national security.
There’s no there there.
The law is irrelevant.
What difference, after all, does it make?

Mickeleen Flynn | May 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Limbaugh has a saying “[By their actions] they will tell you what they are afraid of”. They are *very* afraid of accurate, honest voting.

    creeper in reply to Mickeleen Flynn. | May 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    And they are terrified that the truth will come out about Benghazi.

    Never, ever lose sight of the fact the the IRS scandal came out as the result of a planted question to an IRS official. The White House outed itself on this to distract from the negligent homicides in Libya.

    The scandal is Benghazi.

      Crawford in reply to creeper. | May 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      No, it’s all of them. The reason the question was planted was to get the story out — and minimized — before the Inspector General report came out.

      BTW — I think Obama’s weird commencement speech at OSU was part of the preparation for the IRS news.

Bruno Lesky | May 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Travesty. Really sad what has been done here — the unconscionable abuse.

Examples should be made of all US “civil servants” (although neither civil nor servant) and elected “representatives” (not). Fines and prison times as appropriate.

Don’t you find it offensive that the government won’t profile those travelers most likely to commit an act of terrorism? Or a government that will allow anyone to not only enter our country illegally, but enthusiastically invites them in, then prohibits states from profiling them? Yet this same government will not hesitate to profile patriotic Americans and groups who scrupulously follow the rules, trying to help make this a better country.

Uncle Samuel | May 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Smoking Gun – President met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party.

Henry Hawkins | May 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm



A secondary irksome thought is the likelihood that at least a couple congressional GOP-ers have quietly discussed among themselves whether they really want to eradicate this sort of abuse of power because they could really make use of it when the GOP gets back in the White House.


Got a liberal friend, coworker or family member who doesn’t see the horrible nature of these abuses and laughs at your concerns? Ask them if they’d like the Republicans to be able to do this when they get in.

The FBI is the organization Holder has tasked with investigating the IRS.

No longer credible.

A Special Investigator is necessary.

A Truth Commission might be next.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Were True The Vote the ones thrown out of Philadephia voting halls?

Precincts where not one person voted for Romney. Where not one regretful post Gosnell client cast a silent vote for something hopefully a little more child friendly?

Cuyuhoga county & Philadephia have a lot in common besides inhumanity to women & children- massive D victories.