EPIC: True the Vote founder to Congress: “I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated”

Wow. Just listening to Catherine Engelbrecht document what she’s been through since she founded True the Vote and King St. Patriots is almost unfathomable. And it serves as a huge reminder of why this IRS scandal is of truly epic proportions.

But Engelbrecht made clear she wont’ retreat, surrender, or be intimidated. And that she doesn’t see herself as a victim because a victim has no recourse. She, on the other hand, has recourse, and plans to use it to the fullest of her abilities.



This is a must watch:

Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Catherine Engelbrecht. I am the Chairwoman of True the Vote, a nonprofit election integrity organization; the Founder of King Street Patriots, a citizen-led liberty group; and President of Engelbrecht Manufacturing.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you today, though at the outset it must be said that it is a story with a central theme shared by countless thousands of other Americans who haven’t yet been heard from, though I pray they will be. It must be made publicly known that across this country citizens just like me are being targeted by an administration willing to take any action necessary to silence opposition.

I am an average American who, prior to 2009, had never been active in the processes of government; but, after volunteering to work at the polls in Texas in the 2009 elections I saw fundamental procedural problems that I felt could not go unaddressed. So, I started True the Vote, an organization that grew into a national movement to ensure that every American voter has an opportunity to participate in elections that are free and fair.

My life before I spoke out for good government stands in stark contrast to the life I now lead. As a wife, a mother, and small businesswoman working with my husband, raising our children and participating in my church and PTA, the government collected my taxes and left me and my family in peace. But when I helped found and led True the Vote and King Street Patriots, I found myself a target of this federal government.

Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities – including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings – came knocking at my door. In

nearly two decades of running our small business, my husband and I never dealt with any government agency, outside of filing our annual tax returns. We had never been audited, we had never been investigated, but all that changed upon submitting applications for the non-profit statuses of True the Vote and King Street Patriots. Since that filing in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.

  • In 2011, my personal and business tax returns were audited by the Internal Revenue Service, each audit going back for a number of years.
  • In 2012, my business was subjected to inspection by OSHA, on a select occasion when neither my husband nor I were present, and though the agency wrote that it found nothing serious or significant, it still issued fines in excess of $20,000.
  • In 2012 and again in 2013 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducted comprehensive audits at my place business.
  • Beginning in 2010, the FBI contacted my nonprofit organization on six separate occasions – wanting to cull through membership manifests in conjunction with domestic terrorism cases. They eventually dropped all matters and have now redacted nearly all my files.

All of these incursions into my affairs began after filing applications for tax-exemption. There is no other remarkable event, no other reason, to explain away how for decades I went unnoticed, but now find myself on the receiving end of interagency coordination into and against all facets of my life, both public and private.

Bear in mind, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of this sub-committee, these events were occuring while the IRS was subjecting me to multiple rounds of abusive inquiries, with requests to provide every Facebook and Twitter entry I’d every posted, questions about my political aspirations, and demands to know the names of every group I’d ever made presentations to, the content of what I’d said, and where I intended to speak for the coming year. The answers to these sorts of questions are not of interest to the typical IRS analyst, but they are of great interest to a political machine that puts its own survival above the civil liberties of any private citizen.

This government attacked me because of my political beliefs, but I refuse to be cast as a victim; not to the IRS, not to the FBI, not to OSHA, not to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or to any other government agency. I am not a victim, because to be a victim is to accept that I have no options. I do have options and I intend to use them all to the fullest extent of my capabilities.

As an American citizen, I am part of a country that still believes in freedom of speech, and so I will continue to speak out; here in Congress and all across this country, I will continue to press in every legal way possible, as I did by filing suit against the Internal Revenue Service. No American citizen should be willing to accept a government that uses its power against its own people.

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I also refuse to let a precedent be set that allows Members of Congress, particularly the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to misrepresent this governing body in an effort to demonize and intimidate citizens. Three times, Representative Elijah Cummings sent letters to True the Vote, demanding much of the same information that the IRS had requested. Hours after sending letters, he

would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization. Such tactics are unacceptable. It is for these reasons that immediately after this hearing I am filing a formal complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics and asking for a full investigation.

After all the tyranny, all the things that have been done to my organizations, to my family and to me; many people would have quit. And, Mr. Chairman, many Americans have quit. I have heard, over and over, that people are afraid to tell their stories because of what has or might happen to them and their families at the hands of our own government.

But know this, my experiences at the hands of this government in these last five years have made me more determined than ever to stand before you and America and say I will not retreat. I will not surrender. I refuse to be intimidated. I will not ask for permission to exercise my Constitutional rights.

I come before you today Mr. Chairman, on behalf of Americans just like me, asking for a solution to end this ugly chapter of political intimidation. There was a time when people of goodwill were encouraged to participate in the processes of government; not targeted because of it. I applaud Congressman Issa and Jordan’s request of the Internal Revenue Service to withdraw a proposed regulation limiting political speech by nonprofit organizations. That action should be taken quickly and without fail, because if allowed to pass, these new regulations will effectively codify into law the very practices that bring me here today. If those regulations pass, non-profit organizations across the country will be destroyed. No American, regardless of their political affiliation, should support the silencing of political speech.

Beyond ending the proposed IRS regulations, I ask you – I implore you – as representatives to the people of this great nation, to pass a law that protects all citizens of this country from the increasing use of such abusive practices.

Pass a law that exposes government officials who trample on the rights of ordinary citizens. Do not allow them to continue to cower behind a veil of secrecy, abuse, unethical and unfair behavior. Send the President a bill that makes public, at the option of persons and entities regulated, all communication between government agencies and those they regulate. No restricted, redacted, selectively released files; give us a truly transparent process. Stop hiding behind privacy rules meant only to protect the government. Protect the people. Restore liberty to the people. We will not be silenced.

Thank you Mr. Chairman and Committee Members for allowing me this opportunity to share my testimony with you today.

Respectfully Submitted, Catherine Engelbrecht

(h/t: CNS News)

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kirkmcloren
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kirkmcloren

The corruption is beyond your wildest dream.

xman_11530
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xman_11530

I would be just as outraged if a R did this to a liberal group.

What the the left doesn’t realize is that this kind of tyranny can work both ways.

People outside DC should be pissed regardless of political affiliation.

xman_11530
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xman_11530

Very brave and gutsy.

Kirock
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Kirock

Wow. Very powerful testimony. What better champion for freedom than someone who’s been victimized by a tyrannical government. Engelbrecht needs to run for congress.

suzy000
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suzy000

Why did a Congressman from MD, Rep. Cummings, knock on this woman’s door? She is not in his district or his state….who does he think he is. Americans are tired of lawmakers who think they can disrespect us and intimidate us. WTG, Catherine….keep up the fight. We have your back.

texas_suzie
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texas_suzie

McCarthyism.

Dennis
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Dennis

McCarty was right….. Cummings overstepped his authority and should be reprimanded at very least

Djack80
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Djack80

WOW, I am impressed….not only by her courage, but how slimy and cruel the democraps have gotten and what they will do to keep their socialist power. I can only imagine how many others were intimidated and back off to avoid more heat. We need to get rid of all these horrible leaders. Hopefully this will be the year.

Brian Bertha
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Brian Bertha

A courageous lady and she should get the support of all patriots we must not bow to these cretins

HCTUB
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HCTUB

When are we going to wake up and demand the TRUTH from the people we elect or are we just going to let our freedoms go down the obama TOILET of lies .

HCTUB
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HCTUB

And stop the STONEWALLING OF THE TRUTH .

Sentinel
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Sentinel

And Bob Beckle and Juan and all the other liberal degenerates out there keep saying this is nothing but manufactured outrage and a Republican attempt to smear Obama. Really? Do they hear, see or think that radically from ‘normal’ people? Anyone that just wants to sweep this under the carpet is covering up (once again) for a corrupt and lawless regime. I am so angry right now… (once again).

Poptoy1949
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Poptoy1949

Beyond Belief ! Outrageous but expected from the Ugliest Administration in the History of the United States.

spin43
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spin43

We are in a very dangerous situation with this tyrannical government. This is similar to Chicago politics. This woman is courageous and I hope she continues to speak out against Cummings and his legions of “brown shirts.”

JohnCraven
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JohnCraven

I will be more than happy to vote for her for president of the United States of America.

Her courage is exceptionally impressive and we so desperately need leaders with courage.

The only thing I wish she would have added is what we can do to help her and her organizations.

One thing which I think we should do when a States’ Constitutional Convention is empowered by a necessary majority of states is to settle the question of how our taxes are paid to the federal government on an individual or corporate level either as it is done now or by a fair tax or by a flat tax AND however it is settled should include abolishing the IRS to forever prevent such an entity to wage tyranny on the citizens of the United States of America.

John Craven
New Orleans

culper355
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culper355

God bless her and ALL that will walk with her!

Liberals_are_idiots
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Liberals_are_idiots

democrat’s lie, cheat and deceive the american people to stay in power. They are disgusting, arrogant, and vengeful.

Liberals_are_idiots
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Liberals_are_idiots

For this and many other issues, I hate the democrat’s.

Conserve 58
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Conserve 58

Make no mistake, not all democrats are created equal. Although they are the exception, there are conservative democrats.

The democrat party, as we knew it, died the day J.F.K. Was assassinated. The current incarnation of the democrat party has been taken over by communists. The head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumpka is a communist. Ex head of the S.E.I.U., Andy Stern is an admitted communist. When Obama illegally took over G.M. He made the teamsters union share holders. The majority of labor unions are deeply left wing and as a consequence, they are politically corrupted to their cores. Union dues, like taxes, are nothing more than extortion money. Those dues are used to influence, blackmail, forcibly coerce and impose their will on the political and social landscape of this country.

mike alivin
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mike alivin

Frightening. Depressing. But. damn she was inspiring.

JohnCraven
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JohnCraven

Absolutely Ditto! mike alivin! Absolutely Ditto!
John Craven
New Orleans

snowshooze
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snowshooze

I am sure she will appreciate my donation.

eaglechick
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eaglechick

That girl needs to run for Congress!

speakez6
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speakez6

This is what will happen, its already starting elsewhere…patriots standing up to this tyranny…it has to happen ground up and top down.

sno_warrior
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sno_warrior

she has a business to run and a family to raise. Why in the heck would she want to join the club of thieves? She did her duty by testifying before THOSE WE ELECT to UPHOLD the law. To bad more people don’t have the guts she has to stand up and be counted… and I include myself.

Why don’t you jump in there eaglechick?

dmacleo
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dmacleo

nailed it.
well done.

finnegan
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finnegan

Damn. Well, you have Trey Gowdy sitting right there. If anyone is going to help push this matter, it’s him. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see where this goes.

I’m not a religious man, but god bless her, or whatever it is I’m supposed to say.

aposematic
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aposematic

Watch the whole hearing… The D’s pull out the stops in their desperation to discredit her… Wake up America; we are being ruled by tyrants hiding behind the D label and we are getting no help from the GOPe’s.

stage9
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stage9

OH SNAP!

WELL DONE MS ENGELBRECHT!

I wanted to stand up and shout after watching that, (but I don’t think the cat would’ve understood. Dumb cat).

dmacleo
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dmacleo

hey…easy there big fella smile smile
we cats understand…we just don’t always agree smile

herb benty
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herb benty

There is an American woman. And Shumer is on TV suggesting Obama should use government agencies MORE against political opponents! These are commies folks, face it.

TexasPGRRider
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TexasPGRRider

You`ll find Tons of American women on This site, herb…with a Duckie helpin` lead the PACK….

herb benty
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herb benty

That was nice to hear!

Conniption Fitz
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Conniption Fitz

This administration has, from day one, mis-used its power and abused America and its hard-working tax-paying citizens.

They are bullies, liars, thieves, partisans, destroyers, depraved and decadent influences on our society.

timsrighty
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timsrighty

And Obama tells BillO there’s not even a “smidgen” of corruption at the IRS! This lady is a great American and I salute her.

Conniption Fitz
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Conniption Fitz

Well, Obama defines corruption as opposition to his agenda.

Ben Ghazi
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Ben Ghazi

Sorry, lost my respect for Ted Baxter; IMO He’s just a closet Barry Hussein bootlicker.

timsrighty
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timsrighty

Yeah. He has said the right is wrong when we say BHO is purposely damaging America.

OLLPOH
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OLLPOH

Hey, everyone watch the Whole Hearing…Astounding!!!!!!!!!!!!

It Will Make Your Head Spin!!!!!!!!!
……

IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups
House Oversight & Government Reform
Subcommitte on Regulatory Affairs
http://www.c-span.org/video/?317634-1/IRSTar

armyvet10
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armyvet10

Let me start off by saying thank you for posting the web site you did. I looked around the internet trying to find the whole hearing and lucked upon your post. I did watch the entire hour and 20 plus minute video and would encourage any who are outraged to watch this as well. I finished up pretty late and went to bed to think about the hearing, to sleep on it, so to speak. A warning to any who will sit through the whole thing; sleep isn’t going to come for you after you listen to the despicable manner in which Cummings, and other democratic goons attacked Mrs. Engelbrecht. The only thing Mr. Cummings did was to insinuate that True the Vote was an organization who’s goal was to suppress voter participation, and by relation was unjustifiably targeted by the IRS. I was toooooooo P.O.ed to write anything coherent,… Read more »

OLLPOH
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OLLPOH

Everyone in this country needs to watch it. This could be anyone, or any family, or any business.

You are quite welcome, glad that we could help at least one neighbor!

Thank you for your service!

c-span has redone the website and it is a pain to find things.

Conserve 58
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Conserve 58

BRAVO!… BRAVO! I adamantly concur with every word she said and I applaud her strength and conviction to not surrender to governmental tyranny. I, especially, enjoyed seeing the look of, “Oh Shit!” on Elijah Cummings guilty face.

LIBERTYUSA
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LIBERTYUSA

…I can hardly wait for the MID TERM ELECTIONS of 2014 , a sleeping TEA PARTY BEAR is being aroused and will show who is really in CHARGE of the United States of America .”

Conserve 58
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Conserve 58

Knuckle bump

Conservative_Utopia
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Conservative_Utopia

Love the optimism… Do you think this wave of conservatism will quash the voter fraud that is sure to be worse than it was in 2012? I am beginning to wonder.

aposematic
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aposematic

I hope we can overcome the D’s institution election fraud!

PaulS47
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PaulS47

I’m humbled by this courageous American patriot.

PVG
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PVG

BRAVO! Standing O!

kateorjane
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kateorjane

you go girl.

Larchmonter445
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Larchmonter445

http://www.truethevote.org and http://www.kingstreetpatriots.org

These are her orgs. Donate, support a standup American.

Mythslayer
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Mythslayer

Thanks

Larchmonter445
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Larchmonter445

More balls than the entire GOP! Go get them.

Steve Angell
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Steve Angell

GOP Grumpy Old Perps. Completely useless against corruption. Just eating all the pig food. Making themselves rich.

Real Conservatives totally unwelcome. Notice 2016 is still far away but the GOP is trying to only allow RINOs to run. You never hear a word about anyone who is conservative. Not even a word about Santorum who came in second.

jgilman1
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jgilman1

I have a feeling her coffers are filling up as we speak.

K-Bob
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K-Bob

Heartbreaking to watch this, but I want her to know we support her efforts.

But what the heck is anyone doing about it?

We saw this same sort of bravery and impassioned statement by Becky Gerritson way back in June of 2013 (watch it again at TheRightScoop).

If this were Nixon, he’d have been up before a firing squad by now. We need to arrest barack and try him for repeated violations of the law.

GOP needs to lead or get out of our way.

No_BlahBlah
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No_BlahBlah

I’ve long felt he is encouraging and anticipating insurrection but;
“It is [dangerous] for a republic or a prince to keep the minds of their subjects in a state of apprehension by pains and penalties constantly suspended over their heads. And certainly no more pernicious course could be pursued; for men who are kept in doubt and uncertainty as to their lives will resort to every kind of measure to secure themselves against danger, and will necessarily become more audacious and inclined to violent change.” – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses. 1517.

Conserve 58
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Conserve 58

On the contrary. In order for the GOP to accomplish our will we must, first, oust the wackadoodle RINOS along with the lunatic liberal democrats this coming November.

K-Bob
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K-Bob

Not contrary at all. That’s exactly what I mean by “get out of the way.”

badbadlibs
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badbadlibs

Did that pig Cummings get up and leave?

RighteousCrow_JustCaws
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RighteousCrow_JustCaws

Yes He Did! Good eye, bad.

Dramamama60
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Dramamama60

Does she need money? I’d be willing to donate!

GRITSMama
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GRITSMama

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!

timerunnersc
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timerunnersc

Mrs Englebrecht your a great lady and a wondrful example of courage that all American patriots must express in these days and this American is proud of you and your group for all their courage and steadfastness against these criminals abuse of power against Americans and the nation. Though I deeply doubt it I hope those to whom you are presenting your case has only half the courage your representing to defend earnestly your rights and all our rights as Americans. And to you jerks in government, you torn rags of tyranny, split and torn like bed lice, who are violating this lady rights as an American and all our Americans rights and our Constitution, and our laws, we’re watching you much much more than your watching us, you can bank on it, and you can bank on the fact that you all will answer for your crimes against American… Read more »

badbadlibs
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badbadlibs

” And it serves as a huge reminder of why this IRS scandal is of truly epic proportions.”
Oh pffttt…the media knows a real scandal when they see one, all they need to hear is there’s a “republican” involved and absolutely no democrats. Then they can make “epic proportions” look like child’s play.

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