• 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.

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    9th of May 2017
  • 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!

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    18th of April 2017
  • 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.

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    True the Vote
    13th of April 2017

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