By Gary P Jackson
We told you about the assault on Catherine Engelbrecht and True the Vote, and how the Obama regime not only unleashed the IRS on True the Vote, but the FBI, EPA, and even OSHA to harass both Engelbrecht and the manufacturing business she and her husband own.
Engelbrecht and her attorney Cleta Mitchell talk to Bill O’Reilly about the case:
CBS News has now picked up on the story, thanks to Sharyl Attkisson, who is rapidly becoming one of our favorite journalists. Someone unafraid to tell the truth.
Texas businesswoman Catherine Engelbrecht says she never had trouble with the government. That is, until she founded two groups with conservative causes. Now, she’s telling a fascinating story of alleged harassment not only by the IRS but also other agencies that she believes targeted her and her organizations because of their political ties. …
The trouble began shortly after Engelbrecht founded True the Vote, which trains election volunteers and aims to root out voter fraud; and King Street Patriots, a group with ideals similar to the Tea Party. Both sought tax-exempt status from the IRS in July 2010. And both organizations drew the ire of Democrats. Democrats accused True the Vote of intimidating voters in its poll watching efforts, which the group denies. And the Texas Democratic Party successfully sued King Street Patriots, arguing that it’s an unregistered political action committee.
But Engelbrecht’s attorney, Cleta Mitchell, says it’s not just the Democratic Party that went after the conservative causes, but also the federal government. Within months of the groups filing for tax-exempt status, Engelbrecht claims she started getting hit by an onslaught of harassment: six FBI domestic terrorism inquiries, an IRS visit, two IRS business audits, two IRS personal audits, and inspections of her equipment manufacturing company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Texas environmental quality officials.
Taken alone, any of the visits and actions might seem perfectly reasonable. But Engelbrecht and her lawyer says it’s the pattern and the timing of the attention paid to Engelbrecht’s interests that led them to conclude something was amiss.
How bad is all of this? An attorney who represents liberals in tax exempt cases finds this harassment “very troubling”
Washington, D.C., attorney John Pomeranz represents liberal organizations seeking tax-exemption. He told CBS News that he has found some of the IRS requests of tea party groups “new” and “very troubling,” and said he doesn’t recall getting similar demands for his liberal clients.
This may be one of the worst cases of government harassment of a citizen in our nation’s history. It’s a true black eye on government, that’s for sure.
This is why Big Government must be stopped. Why Big Government is so dangerous to We, the People.
Video courtesy SarahNET.