HOUSTON, TX. July 25, 2013 ― True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, responded today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s plans to launch a wholesale attack against the State of Texas by filing federal lawsuits against Texas’ voter ID law and election procedures.

“We will not sit idly by and allow the most politically charged Department of Justice in US history to set aside the US constitution and attempt to bully the people of Texas", True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said.  "We will meet Attorney General Holder in court and we will do whatever we need to do to advance the cause of voters’ rights for all Americans.”

“General Holder’s announcement today demonstrates just how radical the DOJ has become. The same department that criminalizes journalism and fails to prosecute IRS agents who violate the rights of American taxpayers is promising to sue states with taxpayer dollars to block laws passed by elected legislators such as voter ID and citizenship verification.

“Every American voter deserves to have his or her vote counted - and not diluted by fraud or error. The DOJ just put itself between the voters of Texas and their guaranteed constitutional and civil rights.

“True the Vote has watched as Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly disregarded the rule of law,” Engelbrecht continued.  "We understand that this Department of Justice does not believe that protection of voters’ rights should be colorblind.

“Texas will stand its ground in San Antonio – that’s a promise.”

 

True the Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization focused on preserving election integrity and is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

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HOUSTON, TX. July 23, 2013 ― True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, updated its federal lawsuit this week against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), adding IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins, a presidential appointee, and five other ranking officials as Defendants. The complaint was also amended to add a claim of violating key portions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) of 1946.     

“This lawsuit is the only way to get all of the answers involving this national scandal,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Our goal is not a speedy settlement or a quiet Washington deal. We will sue, depose and expose every person who came near this illegal scheme to suppress voters’ First Amendment rights. The American People - not just True the Vote - deserve answers.”

Cleta Mitchell, counsel to True the Vote and of counsel to ActRight Legal Foundation, stated, “Adding William Wilkins as a defendant will assist True the Vote in learning just how far this scandal extends in Washington. Mr. Wilkins is one of only two presidential appointees in the IRS and participated directly in developing extensive and intrusive questionnaires of nonprofit applicants. Based on recent congressional testimony and TIGTA reports, all roads currently lead to Wilkins’ office, an Obama appointee.”

Additional IRS employees added to the lawsuit in their official and personal capacities:

Holly Paz, Steve Grodnitzky, David Fish, Michael Seto

---All were directors or in positions of management within Washington D.C. IRS offices during the targeting of conservative, nonprofit applicants.

---The TIGTA Report reveals each was involved in reviewing applications for tax exemption status and developing and reviewing the criteria used to target these applicants.

Cindy Thomas

---The Program Manager (highest position) at the IRS Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, OH.

---The TIGTA Report reveals she worked directly with Washington D.C. officials to implement and supervise the targeting scheme at the Cincinnati IRS office.

True the Vote’s amended filing also includes a new count of IRS employees and senior leadership violating key portions of the Administrative Procedure Act. The APA prohibits federal employees from violating constitutional rights and exceeding their authority in the carrying out their official duties. According to the amended complaint, “Defendants have subjected True the Vote to discriminatory treatment in the processing of its Application and have applied subjective criteria to True the Vote that have not been applied to other applicants for exempt status. The deliberate delay of True the Vote’s determination for nearly three years amounts to a functional denial of tax-exempt status, while depriving True the Vote of its due process right to appeal an adverse decision on the Application.”

True the Vote initially filed suit in May of 2013, asking the Court to grant its long-awaited tax exempt status and seeking damages for the unlawful actions by the IRS in the processing of its application for exempt status. ActRight Legal Foundation, a 501(c)3 fundamental rights and public interest law firm represents True the Vote in the lawsuit.

To read the amended complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, click here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization focused on preserving election integrity and is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

ActRight Legal Foundation protects the fundamental rights of individuals and charities to pursue their callings. To learn more, visit www.actrightlegal.org.

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