The federal government is not investigating the IRS targeting of right-wing groups. There is no evidence they are and if they are, they are keeping it very quiet. The concern President Obama showed for about five minutes when the targeting became known quickly dissipated.
One of the people most victimized is Catherine Engelbrecht, President of True the Vote which is a non-profit election integrity organization.
The government actively conspire against her and in a release of emails by the House Oversight Committee, we have come to find the Elijah Cummings, who is supposed to be investigating IRS targeting, conspired with Lois Lerner in the True the Vote case.
True the Vote is now in all 50 states, training poll workers, providing research for citizens to launch citizen challenges on voter status, and helping citizens establish a basis to advocate for election reform.
After Engelbrecht sought tax-exempt status for True the Vote, the organization began to receive visits from the FBI. Her company, which does not make firearms, but is licensed to do so, was suddenly visited by the ATF. Her firm was investigated for the first time for safety violations with petty charges leveled against her, costing her thousands of dollars. There were no apparent reasons for the visits according to Catherine Engelbrecht.
She has been demonized in the media and Elijah Cummings has gone on a vilification tour against her, causing her to file ethics charges against him. Cummings accused her of racism without a scintilla of evidence during one recent hearing.
Emails show that Lois Lerner improperly shared tax information to Democrat ranking member Elijah Cummings, who has been stalling this investigation in Congress.
The IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about the fraud prevention group True the Vote. Information also shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.
They have both denied sharing information in the past. Chairman of the House Committee, Darrell Issa and five other committee members have demanded an explanation.
Will he cry racism? Lerner will take the Fifth.
Will we allow this to go unpunished, giving the government carte blanche to do it again?
People like Lois Lerner are the ones who need to be held to account. The House is asking the DOJ to investigate Lois Lerner criminally but with Eric Holder in charge, it’s not likely anything will come of it. Holder himself has been held in contempt by Congress and we can expect he will continue to be uncooperative and less interested in justice and more interested in politics and his ego.
Lerner heavily scrutinized hundreds of right-leaning groups while only seven progressive groups were looked at – barely. She appears to have disclosed private tax information about private citizens. She targeted right-leaning groups for political purposes.
True the Vote is one of the groups that was targeted and is still targeted. Who will answer for the persecution of Catherine Engelbrecht? Will Elijah Cummings answer for trying to make her the perpetrator instead of the victim?
How are we letting this kind of thing continue?
Listen to the story of Catherine Engelbrecht. This should be a nonpartisan issue:
Engelbrecht has not received tax-exempt status and has lawsuits against the IRS on several counts. It’s taken a terrible toll on her life by her own account.
Meanwhile, the government is going after smaller cases such as a woman inappropriately telling callers to vote for Obama.
The Washington Times reported that a government watchdog agency will pursue three cases of illicit political behavior in the IRS. They reported that it was “commonplace” in one Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screen savers on their computers and campaign buttons and stickers in their office. In one instance, a customer was on a help line urging taxpayers to “re-elect President Obama.”
There is a culture of leftism in government agencies.
Back in June, the Tax Prof Blog went through the Federal Election database and found that 95% of the IRS lawyers who made contributions in the 2012 presidential election, made them to Barack Obama. The Department of Defense was the best at 68% of the lawyers donating to Obama, but the NLRB, UN, Dept. of Ed were 100%.
The bureaucrats and union workers are not representative of the nation but they are determining our future.
Check out the Tax Prof chart:
|AGENCY||NUMBER OF LAWYERS CONTRIBUTING TO||PERCENT OBAMA|
|DEPT. OF EDUCATION||47||0||100.00%|
|DEPT. OF LABOR||66||2||97.06%|
|FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER||65||2||97.01%|
|FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMM.||23||1||95.83%|
|ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY||86||4||95.56%|
|FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION||80||4||95.24%|
|INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE||38||2||95.00%|
In addition to the cultural disadvantages of left-wing government agencies, we have congressmen actively conspiring with the IRS to harm a voter integrity organization.