8 June 2019
In giving his ruling on The True the Vote vs. IRS lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton penalized the IRS with maximum attorney’s fees due to their unconstitutional discrimination against the group and their unethical behaviour in the case. Judge Walton held that there was “clear and convincing evidence necessary for a finding of bad faith on the part of [the IRS]” in their discrimination against True the Vote (TTV). TTV has requested the recovery of $1.9 million in attorneys’ fees, which it spent on fighting the case.
This decision marks the end of a nearly decade long battle that TTV and its founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. Fought. It first began in 2010, when federal government agencies including the IRS, DOJ, FBI, ATF, OSHA targeted it. Under Obama Administration, the agencies levelled a barrage of attacks, including twenty-three audits, investigations, and inquiries, against the group in an attempt to stop their work in election integrity.
At one point the IRS got Child Services to try to take Ms. Engelbrechts’ children from her. This shows how vicious Lerner and the crowd in IRS became, to stop honest elections.
Lois Gail Lerner was the director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2005. During her tenure IRS targeted conservative and liberal groups and either denied them tax-exempt status outright or delayed that status until they could no longer take effective part in the 2012 election. Tax exemptions were revoked for all branches of the Democratic group Emerge America.
House Judiciary Committee enquiry into Lois Lerner’s conduct in the case went along partisan lines and did not produce any results.
True the Vote is a nonpartisan conservative election integrity group rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of the electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation.