Chilling video: True the Vote founder’s riveting details of harassment by Obama’s ‘political machine’

This testimony about the IRS scandal should make blood boil in Obama’s America.

catherineengelbrecht0209For a riveting seven minutes Thursday, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht described to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee how her life changed after she started the voter integrity group and filed applications for non-profit status with the IRS:

Federal government audits followed; business inspections ensued, with thousands of dollars in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the IRS demanded her speaking schedule.

The inquiries covered matters that would be of little use to an analyst for tax purposes, Engelbrecht said, but would be “of interest to a political machine that will put its own survival against the civil liberties of private citizens.”

“As an American citizen, I am part of a country that still believes in freedom of speech,” Engelbrecht said. “No American citizen should be willing to accept a government that uses its power against its own people.”

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She demanded that Congress put a halt to proposed IRS regulations covering non-profits that would simply make the abuses that became public in May a recognized part of the Obama regulatory regime. The agency now wishes to make legal the same abuses that led to IRS official Lois Lerner to take the Fifth Amendment rather than testify before the same committee in June.

Congress, Engelbrecht said, must “end this ugly chapter of political intimidation.”

“Protect the people. Restore liberty to the people,” she said. “Because we will not be silenced.”

Check out the video here. And be proud you’re on her side.



Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


64 thoughts on “Chilling video: True the Vote founder’s riveting details of harassment by Obama’s ‘political machine’

  1. Jim says:

    Yeah why should she have to pay taxes when she’s buying votes?

    1. Maureen says:

      Because they are “NON-profit. If you do not make a profit then there is no money to tax. What do you not understand?

      1. Jim says:

        Then there is no need to apply for nonprofit status. Is there ?Since there’s no money. Not too bright huh baby!

        1. Maureen says:

          Smarter than you obviously. And I am not your baby. (shudders at the thought)

          1. Jim says:

            If you want to participate in these discussions need to know what you’re talking about. These people that are applying to the Irs are applying for nonprofit status so they can donate money to political campaigns. The problem is you have to do it in a certain way or it’s not tax-deductible. Next time think before you talk.

          2. Mamatex says:

            You might first of all, consider the abuse factor shown by the Government agencies as well as the double standards. Also, it is your assumption that she intends to donate to political campaigns which is against tax laws regardless of party. The purpose of most of these 401c is education. It is apparent now, the abuse has occurred because Government does not want any group that disagrees with its agenda.

          3. Jim says:

            You are absolutely correct. That’s why the IRS is investigating these people. Because they are sidestepping the law and donating to political campaigns . Or at the very least looking for a technicality to circumvent the laws.

          4. LittleRoot_48 says:

            Well, perhaps they need to investigate more of the left-wing groups that are non-profit. Of course, THEY do not need a technicality to circumvent the laws. They merely need to lean left.

          5. ExRepug says:

            If a left-wing group’s president also operated a metal fabrication business in that four-state region, they would have been “targeted” by OSHA for inspection. And if a person on a domestic terrorism watch list were attending the left-wing groups’ events and meetings, the FBI would have been there been questions about the man, too.

          6. ExRepug says:

            “Intends” to donate? Her “nonpartisan” “nonpolitical” organization got caught already making donations to the local Republican party. While the IRS finally granted the group tax exempt recognition as a (c)(3), she lost a lawsuit in Texas when the judge found her group to be a political org and now it has to be registered as a PAC in her home state.

          7. Mamatex says:

            I am not suggesting groups should not be investigated but I am also assuming if she is testifying under oath before Congress that what she said is true. The IRS can certainly approve or deny a request but the whole scandal has been based on their investigative tactics as well as their lack of impartiality. McCarthyism at its finest.

          8. ExRepug says:

            True? No, here is what she isn’t “testifying” to under oath (and under law, omission of a material fact is fraud):

            Let’s talk about those FBI visits that Engelbrecht claims were used to harass her. She likes to be coy about those, but she has admitted in the past that the FBI was actually investigating a specific individual who was attending TTV events. Now, we don’t know why the FBI was investigating this man — other than that he is on a domestic terrorism watch list — but it must have been fairly serious for the FBI to visit six times, including sitting in on a TTV meeting where the man on the terrorism watch list was in attendance. The FBI was not investigating Catherine Engelbrecht or True the Vote or Engelbrecht Manufacturing, but she doesn’t mention that unless called out on it. She also exaggerates the number of FBI visits. And three of those “visits” were not really visits. “Engelbrecht characterized the three other FBI contacts as follow-up phone
            calls.” Source: Click2Houston News.

            I don’t know about you, but when there is a man attending my events and he’s the subject of investigation by federal agents because he’s on a terrorism watch list, I’d be grateful that the FBI was at my events keeping an eye on him. Especially if I were a woman.

            About those OSHA inspections. First, her business was not “targeted.” I assume from your name you live in Texas, so how did you miss those stories by Texas media where they reported that OSHA was doing an inspection of businesses engaged in fabrication of metal products in a FOUR STATE REGION? Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. So, I guess you could she was targeted because her business is (1) her business is engaged in fabrication of metal products and (2) it was in that four-state region.

            Violations were actually found. I kind of thought that Rep. Duckworth made a good observation when she expressed surprise that a manufacturing concern that uses heavy machinery for
            boring metal and uses acid for ??? has never before been visited by OSHA in its 20-year history. The REAL scandal is that her business went for 18 years (1994-2012) without a single OSHA inspection. Someone should haul OSHA into a hearing to explain why it’s not doing its job.

            These four IRS audits are another exaggeration. I’m a tax attorney. I spent eight years as an attorney for the IRS, two years on the staff of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, nearly four years as an
            Appeals Officer for the IRS (that’s a fancy word for administrative law judge
            for tax controversies), and some 15 years in the private practice of tax
            litigation and audit defense. You’re going to have to trust me on this when I tell you that there were NOT four audits — two personal audits and two
            business audits. Ms. Engelbrecht wants you to think that, though.

            Here’s how audit stuff works. (All of this is publicly available info, BTW.) You see, when a return is filed, it is
            “processed”, which means that some drone in a Service Center enters
            all the information from each line on the return into the computer. (Ever
            notice that each line is numbered? Well, now you know why.) The IRS computer then rates the tax return under a secret algorithm called the Discriminant Function System (DIF) score. If the score is above a certain number the return is flagged for audit potential. Then, the return is assigned to a person who screens it for audit potential — figuring out what on the return alerted the computer to score the return so high. If there are areas that are historically ripe for noncompliance (like several years of small business losses, or huge
            number of travel and entertainment expenses, or gambling losses without
            gambling income, or a suspicious “business” like riding around on
            horses after your day job, which seems more like a hobby than a business), the return is sent to a group manager in the city nearest to where the taxpayer lives or his business is located, and then it is assigned to an Examining Agent (the ones who do field audits) or a Tax Compliance Officer (the ones who do audits by correspondence).

            Now, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of filing a return, so by the time an audit is commenced there are two years’ of returns with unexpired (“open”) statutes. Most audits are conducted for those two open years. (Right now the audit cycle finishing up the 2011 tax year and includes the 2012 tax year.) So there is generally ONE audit that encompasses TWO open tax years. Are you following me on this?

            Okay, let’s move on to the “two” business audits she claims. When a taxpayer has a wholly-owned business entity, such as a corporation, partnership or LLC, the taxpayer may elect to treat the business as a passthrough entity. That is, the business is “disregarded” and
            the business’s income is passed through to the business owner and reported on his return and taxed only once. Still, the business has to file an
            “information” return because, well, it has to report its gross receipts and all its expenses to arrive at the bottom line profit or loss. So the audit of a business return necessarily includes an audit of the business owner’s individual return, and vice versa. Still following me?

            All this is globbed together into a single audit. ONE audit of four returns — two individual/joint returns, two business “information” returns. There are not two business audits and two personal audits. There would have been a single audit. But it sounds so much more like harassment to describe it as four audits, right?

            About that ATF visit. Engelbrecht Mfg manufactures her manufacturing business involves manufacturing oil & gas parts precision parts, as well as components for firearms, which is probably why the ATF might
            get curious. Maybe there is some ATF
            conspiracy out to get Ms. Engelbrecht because she is a conservative who
            supports gun ownership and Second Amendment rights and just happens to
            manufacture guns parts, but right now there is no e-v-i-d-e-n-c-e of that. Just

            And, well, the Texas environmental agency that dropped by told a Houston TV news team that it got tip that Engelbrecht Mfg was improperly disposing of metal shavings. Guess what Texas DEQ found? Yep. Ms. Engelbrecht and her husband entered into an agreement with DEQ and started complying with Texas law in regard to how it now disposes of metal shavings.

            So it’s a stretch to contend that Elijah Cummings called them up one day and told all these agencies to “go get her, boys.”

          9. Mamatex says:

            Thank you for the explanation. As a lay person, and old, I am finding it difficult to find objective information as both sides have agendas. Thus, it has become nearly impossible to trust any source.

          10. ExRepug says:

            There’s a lot of heated rhetoric, so it is difficult to find the stories that provide only tiny nuggets of objective info. I wish everyone — Congressmen included — would step back, take a deep breath, and look at the objective facts rather put a political spin on them.

            I don’t doubt that Ms. Engelbrecht sincerely believes she has been targeted, based on these coincidences. I do have a problem with her accusing a particular Congressman of being the instigator of these federal agency contacts with her, though.

          11. LittleRoot_48 says:

            The left wing groups that are applying for non-profit status are donating to political causes.

        2. LittleRoot_48 says:

          You have to apply for non-profit status in order to be deemed a non-profit. You are OBVIOUSLY a product of a failing public school. There’s no money “to tax.”

          1. Jim says:

            Think about what you’re saying. If there’s no money to tax why do you have to be registered as nonprofit. The reason you register nonprofit because you do bring in money. But you use the money for special things that do not have to be taxed. That’s why the right ring groups are mad. Because they want they don’t want their money to be used to be taxed they want to go straight to the politicians

    2. Rabelrouser says:

      Well, we knew it was only a matter of time before someone chimed in with something that makes no sense whatso ever, or has any bearing on the actual story.
      I personally want to thank you for providing some humor; something we can scratch our heads at (your comment) and get a good laugh from.
      Keep up the good work!

      1. Jim says:

        I’m sorry I assumed you knew how the super PACs work. Forgive me for giving you more credit than you were due.

    3. ron thomasson says:

      Perhaps the same reason “Planned Parenthood” does not pay “taxes”? Yet “Planned Parenthood” ran non-stop, political commercials against Democratic opponents in Virginia during the last election. Why do they still have their “non-profit” status?

      1. Jim says:

        It’s all about how they spend the money.They can promote issues but not donate directly to a political campaign .

        1. ron thomasson says:

          tx Jim

  2. Mamatex says:

    To say that I am appalled is an understatement. What on earth has happened to this Country where this occurs courtesy of the Government. For those on the left sitting on the sidelines applauding you might want to consider this too could happen to you.

    1. Maureen says:

      Not until we have a different President though.

    2. Rabelrouser says:

      Those applauding feel that they are exempt from any type of problems from the government because they are the “supporters” of their actions and activities.
      Stalin had an approprate term for those who “carried the water” for the governments plans for total authoritarian control : Useful Idiots.

  3. lonecracker says:

    Folks, this could happen to any one of us! The absolute worst thing that this administration has done is to use the power of the government against citizens who believe differently from the present agenda of the Obama administration. If we turn our backs on people who are speaking out against the misuse of power, God help us! Mrs. Engelbrech, you are one savvy lady!

  4. Rabelrouser says:

    The bigger problem with this story is that it does not get, nor will it get to the majority of the citizens ears. Most media sources will not publish this story because it goes counter to the narrative they are trying to propagandize the general citizenery with.
    So, what then would be a better solution to making this type of story more avalible to the gerneral citizenery? That actually has a simple answer: sending this article to more people through our personal contacts.Thus becoming an extention of the media for the real storys, and the actuall truth of what the media is trying to cover up, as they apparently have been told to do.
    “Evil men succed when good men do nothing” Edmund Burke
    John 3:19 – 21 And this is the condemnation, that light (truth) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.
    For every one that does evil hateth the light, lest his deeds should be seen.
    But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds should be made manifest, that they are wrought of God.
    The more who know that this IS an ongoing story, and not a “bump in the road” or a “false scandel” will then know that they are again being lied too by the media and the government.
    Only then will they get incensed enough to make the changes needed to correct the present problems of the government and nation.
    So, it is up to all of us to “DO SOMETHING”!

    1. LittleRoot_48 says:

      I always recommend sites like this one to my friends; however, I don’t have many friends who are left-wing. I’m hoping my friends who just don’t follow the news much WILL gain something from this. If they don’t, and the worst happens, my conscience is clear.

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  5. fedupinky says:

    Catherine Englebrecht is one tough cookie. I hope she opens a king size can of Whoopass on Elijah Cummings who is nothing but a miserable rat and just another tool of this scumbag administration.

  6. bindare says:

    Feinstien thinks it is the business of Congress to undermine the Constitution and to restrict the rights of Americans. How meaningless was her oath to protect the Constitution?

    1. LittleRoot_48 says:

      As meaningless as “teats on a boar hog” as my mama used to say.

  7. truthisliberty says:

    The ONLY way to endure the evil at the helm is to cry out to God for mercy! Obamnation is the result of a nation that has forsaken God. School children are made to feel ashamed for talking to Jesus, about Jesus! Yet many wonder why kid’s are behaving so badly. When God was banned from the school grounds it became the devil’s play ground. Ephesians 6: 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

  8. carolskey says:

    God bless Ms. Engelbrecht and all who have fought so valiantly to attain and preserve freedom in America for us all and against the tyrants who want to be King!

    1. Doug says:

      I’ve got to go warm up after that “chilling” video.

  9. rmbork says:

    Remember the Pilgrims. They boarded the Mayflower in 1620 to flee from the tyranny and persecution of a government that targeted them and their business enterprises. How did the government of the country that flowed from the Pilgrims’ noble ideas become a government that tyrannizes and persecuties its citizens?

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