• Hi Jody -

    Our lawsuit against the IRS is making headlines - and we’re making headway! Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ordered the IRS to start releasing names and documents. In fact, he outright asked IRS attorneys why they continue to “hide the ball.”

    We put together a quick video to bring you up to speed….

    The bottom line is that our battle against the IRS is still in full swing. It’s been a long four years, but we cannot quit.

    What the IRS did, to me, to True the Vote, and to thousands of other organizations and individuals, is unconstitutional, unconscionable, and unacceptable.

    Make no mistake; the IRS can and will continue in their targeting schemes unless and until they are forced to stop. We must see this effort through to conclusion. But we need your help.

    This fight against the IRS is about far more than what they did to True the Vote. A win in this case will produce future protections that we will all benefit from.

    Sometimes fundraising requests make their causes seem too surreal to really connect with. This is a very, very real fight. And we will keep fighting…with your help. Please help support our legal battle to end IRS targeting.

    Working together we can win this….and, together we can and will true the vote.

    Onward,

    Catherine Engelbecht

    Founder, True the Vote

    Posted By
    31st of August 2017
  • You may not know this, but your voter registration information and voting history is maintained by your state as a publicly available voting record.

    Voter records normally contain the voter’s name, address, date of birth, citizenship status, identifying information like Social Security or driver’s license number (typically this information is fully or partially redacted in publicly released versions), place of birth (in certain states), party affiliation (in certain states), and a listing of the elections in which the voter participated (not who they voted for, just that they voted), and how they participated (did they vote in a primary, did they vote by mail, etc.).

    Although these records are publicly available, there are varying restrictions and associated costs. Here’s a list of current prices:

     

    Cost to Purchase

    States Price
    Alaska $21.00
    Arizona county purchase based on new statute
    Arkansas $2.50
    California $30.00
    Colorado $100.00
    Connecticut $300.00
    Delaware $10.00
    District of Columbia $2.00
    Florida $5.00
    Georgia $500.00
    Hawaii $450.00
    Idaho $20.00
    Illinois $500
    Indiana $0 (public version - does not include history/DOB/voter ID)/$5,000 (unrestricted version )
    Iowa $1,500 for annual subscription/$2,200 for single set (based on # of voters)
    Kansas $200.00
    Kentucky $450
    Louisiana $5,000
    Maine restricted access
    Maryland $125.00
    Massachusetts  
    Michigan $23.00
    Minnesota $46.00
    Mississippi $2,100
    Missouri $50.00
    Montana $1,000
    Nebraska $500.00
    Nevada $0 (available online)
    New Hampshire $8,300
    New Jersey $2.55
    New Mexico approx $5,000 (based on number of voter records)
    New York $0
    North Carolina $0
    North Dakota $4,000
    Ohio $0 (available online)
    Oklahoma $0 (available online)
    Oregon $500
    Pennsylvania $20.00
    Rhode Island $25.00
    South Carolina $2,500
    South Dakota $2,500
    Tennessee $2,500
    Texas approx $1600 +/- (based on number of voter records)
    Utah $1,050
    Vermont $0
    Virginia approx $10,000 per election
    Washington $0 (available online)
    West Virginia $1,000
    Wisconsin $12,500
    Wyoming $0 (if emailed)

    States manage the release of data in varying ways including posting online, electronic file transfer, or by sending a CD via standard mail. Check with your Secretary of State’s office to find out more.

    Posted By
    admin1's picture
    True the Vote
    11th of July 2017
  • 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.

     

    Click above for video.

    "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:

    Click above for video.

    "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.

    Posted By
    admin1's picture
    True the Vote
    9th of May 2017

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