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:
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