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HOUSTON, TX - October 26, 2017 - Today, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht released the following statement regarding the recent announcement of settlements in the Linchpins of Liberty v. United States and NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. IRS cases.

“The settlements are notable in that, for the first time, the IRS admitted their discrimination against conservative groups was wrong and unlawful. But what is to prevent it from happening again?

Hollow apologies from the IRS won’t prevent future discrimination and abuse. The American people deserve more”, said Engelbrecht, “True the Vote welcomes the Department of Justice’s offer to enter into settlement negotiations in our case, provided that the outcome produces meaningful protections for all organizations. Regardless of your political viewpoint, no one should ever be subjected to what we were put through.”

“True the Vote believes that an injunction is needed against the IRS to ensure that in the future, under Republican or Democrat administrations, political opponents are not targeted by the IRS for discriminatory and unlawful treatment,” said True the Vote attorney, Jim Bopp.

As of today, True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS remains unsettled.

Last week I was invited to Washington D.C. to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a sub-committee hearing chaired by Congressman Jim Jordan.

 

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"True the Vote was targeted because it’s effective" - Rep. Jim Jordan

I’ll get into greater detail about the testimony below, and you can watch it with the link, but I want to share up front what I believe was one of the most significant statements of the day.

In the hearing, Congressman Jordan said he believed True the Vote was targeted because we are effective. He’s right. And that makes us a huge threat to the bureaucratic deep state.

So, the subject of the hearing was “Examining a Church’s Right to Free Speech.” So, you may wonder, what does that have to do with True the Vote? Quite a lot, actually. Here’s why...

The hearing was part of a broader debate about a long-abused passage of legislation that has come to be called the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment was first spoken into existence in 1954 by then Senator Lyndon Johnson to exact revenge against a political opponent. It takes direct aim at all 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations, prohibiting them from speaking out on any political matter whatsoever, lest they lose their tax-exempt status. Presto. Free speech is selectively silenced and the IRS is the enforcer. So it was then, and so it is still today.

As I said in my testimony, “Under the current code, if your 501c3 organization operates to further the purposes of religion, charity, science, or education then this vaguely worded passage - baked into a 46,000 page federal tax code - lays in wait for you, to muzzle you and to rescind your non-profit status should you say something the government does not like. Here’s the full 5-minute video of my testimony:

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"The IRS must be stopped. Non-profits are becoming an endangered species." - Catherine Engelbrecht

In 2012, we declined to comply with IRS demands that I turn over all the copies of my speeches, lists of who I’d met with, and calendars of where I intended to speak for the next two years. What followed was a series of events that left me with no choice but to file suit against the IRS in the hopes of bringing an end to the abuse. This battle has now gone on for seven very long years, and it continues to this day. In fact, just four weeks ago my attorney and I went to back into court to face twenty-one IRS attorneys and staffers who in legion siphon our time and resources, all the while arguing that they’ve done nothing wrong.

Please help us stay in the fight. We receive no government grants. We have no Sorosesque funding streams. It’s just us, people like you and me, who keep True the Vote afloat. Your choice to click on this link and make a donation is the only way…the only way…we keep moving forward.

True the Vote was founded to do three things: inpire and equip citizens to advance voters’ rights, research the veracity of the voter rolls, and support common sense reforms. We set out on this course of litigation with the IRS and now we must both stay the course of our core mission and fight to keep it from being undermined. It’s a hefty and expensive agenda.

Like election integrity, free speech must not be lost. It’s worth testifying to. It’s worth fighting for. Because in the end, this is all about liberty and it is never wrong to return liberty to the people.

PS Make no mistake, I don’t want to be in the courtroom one day longer than is absolutely necessary, but we must continue to push for written policy that prohibits viewpoint discrimination and holds the abusers ACCOUNTABLE. We are still amassing data for our forensic audit, and the combination of both has us stretched to the limit. I’d ask you to keep in mind Congressman Jordan’s remarks. We find ourselves in this spot because we are effective. We must stay strong. Please help support our work - every dollar can be put to immediate use.

We just had a HUGE win in our IRS lawsuit! Both the court ruling and a longer explanation are posted on our website, but here’s my video explanation (in under two minutes)

Last week, House Republicans said they plan to file criminal charges against Lois Lerner. Their willingness to push forward in the investigation, together with our stunning win of court-ordered discovery and deposition of key IRS staff, means that we are closer than ever to revealing all the players involved in the IRS Targeting Scandal and securing policies and penalties to ensure IRS viewpoint based discrimination can NEVER happen again.

We are still aggregating data and laying the groundwork for the forensic audit of the 2016 election. Now - in addition to that epic project - we also need to raise additional support for legal efforts in our IRS case. We desperately need financial resources to keep both these groundbreaking efforts moving forward.

If you haven’t donated lately to True the Vote and you’re excited about the meaningful progress we're making, please take a minute to donate now. If you are a regular contributor, thank you! Please, please support us again if you can. Your generosity, together with that of other Americans who’ll read this same email and take action, is the only reason we can do what we do.

These are history-making efforts, and we are committed to seeing them through, but we NEED your help.

Thank you so much for standing with us!

Judge Reggie Walton, of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just issued a critical order in True the Vote v. IRS case. The order compels the IRS to submit to discovery and depositions, giving True the Vote a long-awaited opportunity to expose the full scope of the discriminatory practices used by the Internal Revenue Service to target and abuse organizations and individuals who expressed political views in opposition to the Obama Administration.

"This is a huge step forward," said TTV founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. “For years, the Internal Revenue Service has tried to cover up the role they played in suppressing True the Vote. Thanks to Judge Walton's Order, we will finally have an opportunity to expose the truth of what really happened inside the IRS offices in Cincinnati, all the way to the West Wing of the Obama White House. We want to ensure that no American will ever again be targeted for viewpoint discrimination by a weaponized government.”

“After four years of obstruction, TTV will finally be able to find out how the IRS Targeting Scheme was put together and who is responsible for it. TTV needs to find out what happened in order to ensure that advocacy groups are not targeted based on their political beliefs by the IRS,” said James Bopp, Jr., attorney for TTV.“ This may involve further orders by the District Court to remedy the IRS’s illegal conduct.” A copy of Judge Walton's Order is attached here.

Case Background: TTV originally filed its application for 501(c)(3) exemption on July 15, 2010. By that time, the IRS had already instituted a viewpoint based targeting program where conservative and Tea Party groups were purposely singled out for adverse treatment by the IRS. As the Treasury Inspector General found in its May, 2013 report, this IRS Targeting Scheme (1) selected groups for special treatment who had “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” of “9/12" in its name or who advocated conservative policy position, (2) subjected the victims to numerous inappropriate and intrusive questioning, and (3) grossly delayed the approval of their applications. When TTV filed suit, right after the Inspector General had exposed the Obama administration’s attack on conservative groups by the IRS, TTV’s charitable application had still not been granted.

Since then, the IRS has (1) refused to acknowledge, even to this day, that the IRS had unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups for adverse treatment, and (2) doggedly obstructed all attempts by TTV to conduct discovery to find out the full nature of the IRS targeting scheme, how it was put together by the Obama Administration and who was responsible for authorizing it.

The IRS’s effort to obstruct the TTV suit had temporary success in 2014 when the DC District Court dismissed the case saying that it was moot since the IRS claimed that it had stopped using “politically disfavored” names to select applicants for special scrutiny and since the IRS had approved TTV’s application.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals, however, disagreed. It held (1) that “the IRS cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits” so it is claiming mootness and (2) that the IRS had not shown that there was “on reasonable expectation that the conduct will recur,” and that subsequent events had “completely and irrevocably eradicated the effects” of the IRS’s discriminatory targeting scheme. They remanded the case to the DC District Court for a “merits disposition based on adjudication of substantive evidence.”

Once back in the District Court in the fall of 2016, the IRS again sought to obstruct TTV’s case by renewing its claim that the case was moot and should be dismissed. TTV, however, moved the District Court for discovery to ferret out the facts of the IRS Targeting Scheme that the IRS had refused to disclose since the beginning. On April 12th, the DC District Court granted TTV’s motion for discovery, permitting TTV to discover the “past acts of alleged discrimination stemming from the alleged illegal targeting scheme” to ensure that the IRS has “eradicated the effects” of its illegal targeting scheme.

True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht offers this response to President Trump’s recent announcement calling for a nationwide investigation in to voter fraud.


“I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.


Current research exists only in silos of disparate data and shallow analysis, offering no basis for comprehensive examination. Known problems, like non-citizen voting, are rarely chronicled and anecdotal evidence is insufficient.


It is for this reason that True the Vote, supported by a select group of technologists, statisticians, researchers, auditors, scholars, futurists, election law experts, and process specialists, is leading a forensic audit with targeted investigations to expose election fraud and offer solutions.


I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.


The audit is phase one of our four year plan to include; development of a American Voter ID Program, Evaluation of Enhanced Election Technologies, Identifying Dynamic Voter Registration Verification Processes, and Development of Model Legislation.


We look forward to working with the Trump Administration in whatever way possible.


If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.”


True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters' rights organization, founded 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.


HOUSTON, TX. – November 27, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement with respect to President-Elect Donald Trump’s claim that “millions” of individuals illegally voted in the 2016 Election. 

“True the Vote absolutely supports President-elect Trump’s recent comment about the impact of illegal voting, as reflected in the national popular vote. We are still collecting data and will be for several months, but our intent is to publish a comprehensive study on the significant impact of illegal voting in all of its many forms and begin a national discussion on how voters, states, and the Trump Administration can best address this growing problem.”

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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. – November 7, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, offers its smartphone app, VoteStand, to the general public and media outlets to report and gather election incidents in real-time. 

"We developed VoteStand in response to requests from voters who’d experienced problems at the polls and felt helpless to do anything about it," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote exists to help empower voters. With the VoteStand app if voters, poll workers, or election observers see something—they can say something. Our network of watchdogs and election officials can receive reports in real time and take appropriate action.”

VoteStand has been operational throughout much of the nation’s early voting periods and has already received scores of verified complaints ranging from voting machine malfunction, lax voter ID enforcement, absentee ballot problems and unlawful poll worker training. To date, reports from 24 states have been published within VoteStand, to include North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia, and Ohio.

The app is currently available for iPhone and Android mobile devices free of charge in their respective stores.

A Twitter account (@VoteStand) has been opened to promote new incidents and provide quick, multi-platform access to the latest data available.

Media outlets are welcome to contact True the Vote for more information about the application and specific reports by sending an email, here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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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Allows Would-Be Voters to Pick a Name

HOUSTON, TX. – October 31, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released an open letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, drawing attention to serious code violations in current state election worker training video. 

On October 27, True the Vote received a request for help from an L.A. County poll inspector who was distressed after witnessing a training video encouraging polling place staff to ignore voter identification procedures.

The complaint was originally received via TTV's smartphone app, VoteStand.

Unlike some other states, California does not have a photo ID law for active voters. California election law requires only that a prospective voter be able speak their name and residential address during check in at the poll. If the voter's name cannot be found in the register, then state law requires that the election worker offer a provisional ballot to the voter, which is kept separate from other cast ballots until the voter's registration can be confirmed.

The L.A. County training video instructs workers to allow voters to self-select a name from the register, if the worker cannot find the name.

"Election fraud has become institutionalized in our voting systems -- this is a textbook example of exactly how it happens," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "California's system has long been known to have weak voter identification rules. The County’s training essentially neuters what is left of them."

TTV compared training materials on the subject from other counties to include San Diego, Fresno and Alameda and found no such allowance for voters to "assist" poll workers in finding their voter registration.

The public letter notes the severity of the issue; given that Los Angeles County is the largest voting jurisdiction in the nation with 5,191,388 voters currently registered.

In its letter, True the Vote asked the County to immediately issue a notice of correction to all election workers, on behalf of the estimated 56% of LA voters who'll cast their vote in person on November 8th.

The letter submitted to Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan may be read in full, here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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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MILWAUKEE, WI. – October 11, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released election observer training details for Wisconsin citizens interested in volunteering at the polls on November 8th.

“True the Vote is excited to announce election observer training opportunities throughout the Badger State,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “TTV looks forward to helping engaged voters who are willing to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time in support of free and fair elections.”

Election observer trainings will be hosted across Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. Online courses have also been made available.

“I’m proud to be assisting TTV’s efforts to help more Wisconsin voters participate in the electoral process,” local election integrity advocate Kenneth Dragotta said. “If you’re new to the job of election observation, these trainings have been tailored just for you. It takes lots of volunteers keep the process running smoothly and we’re hopeful we’ll help inspire and equip thousands of people who’ll be willing to step up and serve. ”

“We say it repeatedly – your presence alone makes the bad actors aware that you’re watching,” local election integrity advocate Ardis Cerny added. “Wisconsin voters have an incredible opportunity to stand for free and fair elections in the polling place of their choice and serve as a concerned citizen, not on behalf of a candidate or party. Badger voters shouldn’t squander this opportunity to do good this November.”

The timing of the Wisconsin training opportunities closely coincides with the release of True the Vote’s smartphone app, VoteStand 2.0, now available for iPhone and Android device users. The app allows election observers and concerned citizens alike to report irregularities in real time to TTV and appropriate officials.

More information on upcoming election observer training sessions can be found here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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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True the Vote discovered earlier this week that Turkish mall shooter Arcan Cetin illegally registered to vote in 2014 and has voted in multiple federal elections since. TTV has notified the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission accordingly. Copies of open letters may be accessed below.

2016.9.25 Cetin Complaint by True The Vote on Scribd

 

 

2016.9.29 EAC Cetin by True The Vote on Scribd

 

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