Tea Party Leader Is Harassed While Testifying About Being Harassed by the IRS

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During a House Oversight And Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS harassment of conservative groups last week, a Tea Party leader was, ironically, harassed.

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of the King Street Patriots and True the Vote, testified about the intense scrutiny she and her family were subjected to shortly after she applied for tax-exempt status for her group:

“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.”

Engelbrecht was audited by the IRS, ATF and received multiple visits by OSHA and ATF.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings denied wrongdoing, of course, and said he can “assure” Engelbrecht that he did not direct anyone at the IRS to scrutinize her.

Cummings has expressed concerns with True the Vote, which advocates for strict voter ID requirements and other measures that he opposes:

“Congressman Cummings on three separate occasions sent letters on letterhead from this committee, stating that he had concerns and felt it necessary to open an investigation on True the Vote,” Engelbrecht said. “He wanted to know about all of our practices and alleged things that we simply weren’t doing.”

During the hearing last week, Cummings interrogated Engelbrecht. He said that True the Vote assigned “poll watchers” who “aggressively challenged the registration, the identity, or the eligibility of prospective voters.” He also said that poll watchers were assigned by True the Vote to areas where the minority populations were most concentrated:

Cummings wasn’t the only one who interrogated Englebrecht. Rep. Gerry Connolly also tried to dismiss her claims of being targeted.

Englebrecht pointed out that the sudden harassment from government agencies could not be a coincidence:

“After nearly 20 years of being in business and no agency coming to visit with us, the succession of agencies that have now come to us — for all manner of things — begs the question. The statistical probabilities of what happened to me happening, without political motivation is staggering.”

OSHA visited Engelbrecht’s business soon after she filed an application requesting tax-exempt status for the the King Street Patriots. The visit resulted in her business being fined nearly $25,000 for various violations, including “the wrong type of safety glasses on an employee” and “the wrong type of seat belt on a forklift.”

Connolly claimed that the visit from OSHA being politically motivated was a “huge leap” because the agency doesn’t warn businesses they are coming for a visit:

“I would just note for the record, because we’re so concerned about the law here, and making sure there are no violations of the law, are you aware of the fact that it’s actually illegal for … [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to give advance notice when it gives inspections? That’s actually a matter of law.”

Englebrecht attempted to explain that she wasn’t complaining about OSHA’s lack of notice of the impending visit, and that’s when Rep. Jim Jordan jumped in with a series of direct questions that illustrated that what Englebrecht was subjected to was no coincidence.

As reported by The Blaze:

“Ms. Engelbrecht,” Jordan said, “in the first 20 years of business, did OSHA ever visit your place of business?”

“No sir,” she responded.

“Never once?”

“No sir.”

“After you filed the [tax-exempt application for King Street Patriots], OSHA visited then, right?”

“Yes sir.”

“In the first 20 years of business did the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] ever come to your business?” Jordan continued.

“No sir.”

“And they came a couple times once you filed your application?”

“Yes sir.”

“And in your first 20 years of business, did the IRS ever audit you?”

“No sir.”

“But once you filed your application, they audited you?”

“Many times.”

“And in your first 20 years of business, did the FBI ever visit you?”

“No sir.”

“But once you filed your application, did they visit you?”

“Six times.”

But remember, Dear Leader Obama said there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” within the IRS. Maybe the actions of all those government agencies who harassed Englebrecht were the result of the “bone-headed decisions” Obama mentioned during his interview with Bill O’Reilly. Because surely, this administration wouldn’t do anything so corrupt.

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  • dougdiggler

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer anti-social asshole…

    • Todd

      Wow.. Your an complete idiot. Not half ass. I have to hand it to you. You are complete.

    • Cookster

      Well, here’s hoping, Doug, that you never have a dealing with the IRS, or do you even work enough to pay taxes?

    • http://akazip.com/ unclezip

      What, in your tiny little mind, constitutes anti-social behavior?

    • Karl Hungus

      WTF could possibly be wrong with you?

    • David James

      Do you comprehend MORON? I didn’t think you did. Don’t worry folks. Just a Troll here. Nothing to see.

    • 1stworlder

      I guess you welfare folks don’t have to worry about getting audited.

  • Tim Brown

    Stop applying to the fake gov’t. You don’t need permission from employees of a foreign corporation to do ANYTHING .

  • Al Bondiga

    Whenever I see an Amerikan douchebag authority figure openly ABUSING a whistleblower and/or critic I’m immediately reminded of Roland Freisler, that prominent and notorious Nazi lawyer and judge who routinely berated & abused his victims in similar fashion before handing them down a death sentence.

    You can see old Roland in action AND at the same time catch a free glimpse of what your OWN Americunt Justus system will look like in the coming near future, right here:

  • live free or die

    IRS and FBI bring in Obama ‘s “night of the broken glass” on US patriot groups.

  • CMRedwood

    When harassment and intimidation wakes up more people and galvanizes those who are already awake making them all the more resolute, then the establishment creates conditions setting up a massive BACKFIRE. We’ve observed this with the attacks on the second amendments, a particularly good example being the grassroots mobilization in Colorado to recall state reps.

    The experience can be a stumbling block or a sharp learning curve. I’d say Catherine Engelbrecht and her supporters are on the learning curve.

  • gato felix

    Dam, this lady has a pair of cojones on her, very well said!!!

  • Tim Brown

    It still is the ‘land of the free’ , you just gotta’ be on the land
    and not the out-to-sea admiralty jurisdiction most are tricked into thru statutes ( taxes ) and corporate fake gov’t agents.

  • LibertyBill_1776

    Huh! Seems to me that the following lists applies:

    A list of the ways in which I am free

    1. I am free to pay taxes for governmental services and activities I neither need, want, nor find lawful.
    2. I am free to express my political opinion in public if I am nowhere near a politician.
    3. I am free to defend my life and property against an armed predator if I can convince the state I am worthy of having a suitable tool to do so.
    4. As a responsible adult, I am free to ingest any substance I want to in pursuit of happiness, so long as that substance has been approved by the government.
    5. I am free to engage in commerce and earn a living from the sweat of my brow and the exercise of my ambition, if the government grants me approval.
    6. I am free to travel on a commercial airline, after paying the private firm who operates it the ticket fare, if the government gets to look at my naked body or conduct intrusive unlawful searches, both in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
    7. I am free to start a church, accept tax deductible donations, and watch over my parishioners, without fear or restriction, if I agree to never criticize the government from the pulpit.
    8. I am free to use any medicine I want to improve my health, reduce my pain, and increase my longevity, providing they have been approved by the government.

    Yep, sure are lots of ways I am free!

    • fightback67

      Just a wonderful summation of all the ways we are “free” in this “free” society!! LOL…great job, and BTW lets get this damn government thing out of our way, and soon!!

  • Earl Turner

    When the push back finally comes, it will be brutal.

  • SeekWisdomToday

    And to think that their salary comes from our hard work huh?

    Now, we, the bosses, can’t even be supervise our employees. What is wrong with making sure the voting is being done with honesty?

  • disbeliver

    Who is John Galt? Exactly. But isn’t this what they want?

    • CVN65

      No. They want us to keep working harder for less. If the productive stop producing the whole system fails and they lose their ability to purchase the votes of the moochers. It rankles them that the gifted and industrious have nicer homes and prettier wives than they possess. They want to create a Soviet-style system of patronage where the elite control all the goods and apportion them to the rest of us as they see fit.

      • Adam Weisshaupt

        Failure of the system at this point is assured. You can Go Galt in an attempt to speed it up, or just let the Democrats have a free hand.. but it will fail. TPTB have to get a soviet style police state in place before the the dollar goes- and mathematically it must.. Evil Minions don’t work for free, and we, as a people are still armed, and many are willing to die to kill just one thug, so there is one less coming to the next farmhouse. They will run out of thugs before we run out of people unwilling to submit to slavery to the state. .

  • Frank Anast

    For any who don’t know, the IRS is NOT a government agency and never has been. Its sole purpose is to collect tribute, in the form of payroll taxes, as interest for the “funny money” that the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air and lends to the Treasury to circulate. It’s a total and complete fraud. Any of us would be in jail for counterfeiting! People need to know exactly what the hell this is all about!

  • disbeliver

    Isn’t this what they want? To stifle the productivity of the middle class, cut out competition and ability to earn a decent living? I think more people should speak out like this woman!

  • cowboyjam

    oh you know they want this one to go away ,but this can of worms is only gonna get more interesting. Jay Sekulow my prayers are with you to help this Texas sis and all others afflicted by this tyranny .Its all out in the open ..I didn’t see Cummings raising any concerns while the black panthers were intimidating voters .Think about it .

  • https://twitter.com/EarthBndMssfit XxEarthBoundMissfitxX

    Watch Aaron Russo’s “America; Freedom to Fascism” on YouTube or where ever (don’t wanna support google too much) The IRS is an illegal entity and treasury investigations from either the Carter or Reagan administration proved that not one dime of income tax goes to fund American government. It all goes to the Bank of England, one of the owners of the private “Federal” Reserve to pay off the unpayable interest this private bank charges taxpayers to support our illegal bankster occupied government.

    The income tax is illegal and the 16th amendment the government claims legitimizes taxation of all things was never ratified. Also the income tax is a direct, unapportioned tax: ILLEGAL!!!

  • xpiolt

    Another token black low IQ ignorant Democrat racist. Is the left afraid to put up an intelligent African American that can can actually think?

  • Jo Se

    Sue, sue, SUE!!

  • Karl Hungus

    That seems to be the idea.

  • David James

    Just change you name to Nazi and get it over with. Don’t beat around the bush. You have nothing but correction of grammar and spelling as a platform for political discussions? You are pathetic.

    • Todd

      Very well put.

  • David James

    Hey… LOL That’s my line. LOL

  • David James

    He is a racist.

  • maybeperfect

    I hear Maceys is coming out with a new silverware pattern. Hmmmm………..

  • fightback67

    Is any other evidence needed to convince the average “citizen” that government, in all forms…is EVIL and not needed! Nothing good ever comes from being RULED, illegally and immorally RULED!! When will the sheeple of amerikkka finally wake up!!!

  • fightback67

    oh hell yeah!!! oh hell yeah!!

  • jscott2700

    Tarring and feathering of government scum should become an en vogue practice again. They can only push good people so much before the good people push back.

  • silvestris

    A great, scary horror story. It should be on the required reading list.

  • ralbaii@aol.com

    Where is Congressman Culbertson who recently said on Michael Savage’s radio show he was simply going to de-fund obama’s unconstitutional executive orders? Why not de-fund the Internal Extortion Service?