True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht appeared on Huckabee over the weekend after her congressman described her personal hell with the Internal Revenue Service during a committee hearing. Little did she know that another member of Congress may have played a huge role in the cause of her troubles.
As a small businesswoman, Engelbrecht had never had a problem with federal agencies until she established True the Vote in an effort to keep elections honest. She then applied for tax-exempt status for that organization in 2010, according to Breitbart News.
Shortly afterwards, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking that the Justice Department investigate both the election integrity organization and an associated tea party group, King Street Patriots.
Without offering affidavits, documentation or any other kind of evidence, Jackson Lee alleged in her letter “at least fifteen reports of abuse of voter rights throughout the city of Houston” committed by True the Vote. Holder apparently got right to work and made Engelbrecht’s life a living hell.
She had 17 different inspections and audits and visits by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Her treatment was so egregious that Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, brought her case before acting IRS chief Steven Miller in a committee hearing. “Is this still America?” he asked. “Is this government so drunk on power that it would turn its full force, full might, to harm, intimidate, and threat an average American that only wants her voice and their voices heard?”
On Saturday evening, she told her story to Gov. Mike Huckabee on Fox News.
H/Tt Breitbart News.
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