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Bryan Preston


May 20, 2013 - 10:28 am

Catherine Engelbrecht founded King Street Patriots and True the Vote to monitor and stop voter fraud. She and her husband, Bryan, operate a small manufacturing business outside Houston, Texas that employs about 30 people.

After Catherine founded the two groups, she soon found herself publicly accused by Sen. Barbara Boxer and other prominent Democrats of “suppressing” Democratic voters, though her actual actions involved training citizens to monitor polls on election day. I’ve witnessed True the Vote’s training sessions myself. There is nothing suppressive about them at all.

The accusations, which even extended to publicly accusing Engelbrecht of engaging in a criminal conspiracy, were just the start.

Engelbrecht applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status for her groups in 2010. That’s when the trouble began.

  • Her application was put through questioning similar to inquiries other groups have reported, including questions about her political aspirations, the groups’ Facebook posts, etc.
  • She was subjected to four rounds of IRS questioning.
  • Her family business was audited by the IRS, as were her family’s personal finances.
  • Her business was subjected to Occupational Health and Safety Administration audits. OSHA found only minor problems, and subjected the Engelbrechts’ business to $25,000 in fines.
  • Her business was subjected to an unannounced audit by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigations inquired about someone who had visited one of Engelbrecht’s meetings, and subsequently called up the Engelbrechts just to ask “how they were doing.”

All of this, over the course of about two years, and all of it came after Mrs. Engelbrecht became politically active. Engelbrecht gained national attention after Andrew Breitbart became aware of her groups and spoke at one of its meetings (I introduced Breitbart at that meeting). It’s no secret that the Obama administration viewed Breitbart as one of its chief enemies, along with Fox News and the Tea Party.

Considering the breadth and scope of the inquiries to which Engelbrecht has been subjected, she has had the entire executive branch of the United States government focused on her and targeting her.

Because she is a leading and effective public critic of Barack Obama. But perhaps just as important, because she works against voter fraud by promoting voter ID laws. The Obama administration has made no secret of its hatred for voter ID security laws.

Congress must hold hearings about Engelbrecht’s experience, subpoenaing every single government employee involved to get their testimony and evidence under oath. Who orchestrated these actions against her and her family?

Catherine Engelbrecht was subjected to harassment to the point of tyranny, and it must not stand.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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We have two choices. Shrink back in fear and stop donating, or get even more people to donate, and demonstrate, and sign petitions, and stand together.

As a long time government employee, I can tell you that the government does not have the manpower to intimidate, or track, or harass everyone. They have the power to intimidate, track, and harass a limited number of high profile people, in the hope that the rest of us will shrink back in fear. It only works if we let it work, but it becomes a personal choice in every instance.

Think of the persons you really admire. Are they people like Allen West, Michelle Bachman, Joe Arpaio, Alfonzo Rachel, Bill Whittle, Christian Adams, or the late Andrew Breitbart? If so, why do you admire them? Eloquence? Intelligence? Passion? Yes, but they have one additional quality which is why we truly admire them, and that is courage.
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A front and center example of the Chicago Way as described in "How I Learned About the Chicago Way - John Kass, Chicago Tribune" ("Subscriber only" restriction).

A conservative bundler from CA called in to "Rush" this afternoon to report that the IRS Tea Party revelations are resulting in Donors being afraid to provide contribution checks for fear they will be targeted.

Sounds as if Congressional Action (Kudos to Ron Paul and Mark Levin suggesting the IRS be closed down) needs to happen ASAP. Levin suggested we go to a flat tax (kudos to Forbes and Perry for their insights) or a fair tax. If Congress doesn't act, we are going to need forces of brave Patriots determined to take our country back!
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