February 13, 2014
The IRS scandal caused a massive uproar last year when it was revealed that the agency was deliberately targeting non-profit political groups solely based on their names or political themes.
One of those groups was called True the Vote, a grassroots, non-partisan organization that recruits and trains volunteers to monitor elections.
The founder and president of True the Vote, Catherine Engelbrecht, recently gave testimony to the House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs in which she revealed how the US government used mafia tactics to go after her, her organization, family, and her private business.
As she explained, before founding her non-profit organization a few years ago, her life was ordinary.
Since founding it, though, she has been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies ranging from the IRS, FBI, the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, etc.
In 2012, her business was subjected to inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). And even though the agency said it found no significant irregularities, it still issued a fine of $20,000.
The FBI even investigated her non-profit organization on SIX separate occasions in conjunction with domestic terrorism cases.
This is sickening. While her only ‘crime’ was to try to make the government more transparent, the government went out of its way to ruin her.
She tells her story in a quick seven-minute account. It’s a chilling reminder of what happens when you challenge the state.
I encourage you to watch Catherine Engelbrbecht’s brief testimony here.