• Court Finds IRS Actions Unconstitutional, Awards TTV Increased Fees Based on “Bad Faith Enhancement”


    The True the Vote v. IRS lawsuit has finally come to a close with a stunning ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruling in favor of True the Vote; penalizing the IRS with maximum attorneys fees due to their unconstitutional discrimination against the group and their unethical behavior in the case.


    This decision marks the end of a nearly decade long battle that first began in 2010, when federal government agencies including the IRS, DOJ, FBI, ATF, OSHA weaponized against True the Vote and its founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. Under Obama Administration leadership, the agencies leveled a barrage of attacks, including twenty-three audits, investigations, and inquiries, against the group in an attempt to stop their work in election integrity.


    In 2013, True the Vote brought suit against the IRS, seeking to prove that IRS actions were unconstitutional. The ensuing fight cost millions and nearly destroyed the only conservative voters rights organization in America.


    True the Vote’s founder Catherine Engelbrecht said, “At the outset of this case, I testified before Congress and swore that I would never retreat or surrender. Today I have fulfilled that oath. Thank you to all the citizens across the country who stood steadfastly beside us. We could not have done it without your support.”



    United States District Judge Reggie B. Walton signed a Consent Order that included the IRS admission of wrongdoing and affirmed that prejudice on the basis of an applicant’s name, association, or political viewpoint is an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights. Then, in a stunning rebuke of the IRS actions that led to this litigation, Judge Walton also ruled that True the Vote is entitled to a “bad faith enhancement” to its requested attorney’s fees. Judge Walton’s opinion held there is “clear and convincing evidence necessary for a finding of bad faith on the part of [the IRS]” in their discrimination against True the Vote. While the exact amount to be awarded is still pending, True the Vote’s application under the Equal Access to Justice Act requested the recovery of $1.9 million in attorneys’ fees.


    “This ruling is a victory for all Americans,” says Engelbrecht. “Government cannot be allowed to run roughshod over the Constitutional rights of American citizens.”


    James Bopp, Jr. of The Bopp Law Firm, Counsel for True the Vote, says “The D.C. District Court rejected the DOJ’s argument that True the Vote did not win this litigation battle.” Bopp also applauds “Judge Walton’s opinion which held not only that the IRS’s actions were not substantially justified, but were also rooted in ‘bad faith.’ The Court’s judgment that True the Vote won this litigation coupled with its opinion that the IRS acted in bad faith should be a warning to bureaucrats that the U.S. Constitution protects everyone, regardless of ideology.”


    Brock Akers, of The Akers Firm, Counsel for True the Vote, says “The conduct of the IRS and the government was nothing short of shocking. This ruling ought to reflect a collective sigh of relief from everyone that the judicial system really can be turned to for a just end to this nightmare. Check one in favor of Justice v. Swamp.”


    With this decade long battle behind True the Vote, the organization will now turn its effort to the 2020 election cycle, partnering with Our Values, a veterans’ rights organization founded by Benghazi hero Mark “Oz” Geist. The collaboration will focus on active and veteran military voter registration, recruiting and training for volunteer service as poll workers, and other GOTV activities targeted to mobilizing military and veteran families in the 2020 election.


    Again, thank you to all the citizens across the country who stood steadfastly beside us for all these years! We could not have stayed standing without your support!




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    10th of June 2019
  • Wow - we are only 50 days away from Election Day 2018! And, for some of you, early voting begins in three weeks!


    Whether you are a candidate, campaign staffer, volunteer in a local organization, or just an independent concerned citizen, there are actions you can take now to help ensure integrity in your local elections.



    Here’s what should be on your radar:



    1. 1) If you are part of a political campaign or organization, you should be finalizing your election integrity plans. This should include identifying locations in which volunteers are needed and recruiting and training to make sure all positions will be well covered. Coverage plans should also include early voting sites and pre and post-election activities (like reviewing mail-in ballots and assisting at centralized collection points).
    2. 2) Make a last big push for recruiting volunteers. We’ve found processes run best when there are at least three poll watchers per polling location.
    3. 3) Register your intent to participate, as per your local processes. Typically, this means individuals sign up with a party or candidate of their choice, then the party or candidate notifies local election officials, however, every state process is a little different.



    Click here to find your state election information on True the Vote's website.



    Next week’s update will include details on True the Vote online poll watcher training - between now and then, drop us a note if you need us, and we’ll be quick to respond!



    We’re all in this together, my friends. If elections aren’t truly fair, we aren’t truly free.






    Catherine Engelbrecht 
    True the Vote




    PS Many of you have asked whether we are still embroiled in our IRS lawsuit. The answer is yes. We are awaiting the judge’s final determination in our case. The situation is challenging to be sure, but we are hanging tough. Thank you for your continued emails of concern, well-wishes, and support!



    Posted By
    19th of September 2018
  • In May 2017, Mr. Kerner was appointed by President Trump to lead the Office of Special Counsel.


    But just a few years earlier, as staff director for Sen. John McCain, Kerner was tasked with containing the pro-liberty movement. So, he called the IRS.


    Newly released transcripts from his 2013 meetings with the IRS quote Mr. Kerner pushing the IRS to “audit so many that it is financially ruinous”.


    Mr. Kerner openly conspired to weaponize the government against American citizens. He destroyed lives. He should be perp-walked out of the West Wing.



    True the Vote has been fighting IRS-weaponization since 2010 - and the fight continues to this day.


    Our pursuit of election integrity is what keeps us on the radars of politicos like Kerner. When citizens are informed and empowered they can take down corrupt political machines.


    That’s why, as courtroom-weary as we are, we must continue to press on. For election integrity. For free speech. For truth. We’ve pared down our staff and support to a skeleton crew, but our work is ongoing, in ways seen and unseen.


    So, I ask you for two things; first, let President Trump Know that Henry Kerner must go, and second, stay standing for election integrity. Volunteer to work in the polls, encourage your candidates to rally volunteers to help ensure the 2018 elections are free and fair - and let them know, we’re here to help.


    We’re all in this together - and working together, we really can True the Vote.




    Catherine Engelbrecht


    True the Vote


    PS Kudos to the great work of Judicial Watch for unearthing the Kerner transcripts. To read the full report, click here.

    Posted By
    10th of July 2018

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