Catherine Englebrecht is NOT a nice person. She is now the darling little poster child for what the IRS has allegedly done to the poor conservative patriots who were only trying to save the nation from evil Democrats. Never mind her connection to the Kochs, voter intimidation, and the Ohio purge of anyone who wasn’t going to vote the right way. Never mind the fact that she allegedly forged signatures on voter petitions, and was instrumental in Karl Rove’s attempt to steal Ohio for Mitt Romney in 2012. All that matters is that she is a true liberty loving patriot in every sense of the word, and known for racist intimidation of voters throughout the country. She also participated in illegally trying to get the right people to be poll watchers in Ohio. She’s planning to do the same thing in 2014.
“…In 2010, the Department of Justice launched a probe of alleged voter intimidation efforts by True the Vote poll watchers during the midterm elections in districts near Houston. That year, a national voter hotline received more than 200 calls alleging voter intimidation – as well as other election snafus – from several states, Texas included. It’s unclear to what extent True the Vote was responsible for those complaints. The Justice Department investigation didn’t proceed any further. True the Vote didn’t respond to our questions about the episode.
Update 11/6: True the Vote won’t be watching the polls in Franklin County, Ohio, during today’s election. The group was denied status as official poll watchers after the local board of elections determined they had misused candidates’ signatures on their application to be election-watchers.
Ohio law says five candidates must endorse a poll-watching effort. According to the Columbus Dispatch, “at least most” of the six candidates whose signatures True the Vote had obtained withdrew their support. One Democratic candidate for judge told MSNBC that she had been misled about the group’s intentions when she initially signed their application. She sent a withdrawal letter to the board of elections on Oct. 1.
But True the Vote submitted another application with the same signatures. Local elections officials have said they will investigate whether forms were intentionally falsified. True the Vote released a statement saying that they filled out the forms according to instructions and that neither the group nor any of its volunteers did anything “that was illegal or unethical.”…”
“…When Harris tells Engelbrecht that cases of “Voter Fraud” are more rare than prosecutions of “migratory bird violations” and “virtually nonexistent”, Engelbrecht responds that that means “there’s room for improvement.”
Actual cases of “in-person voter fraud” in Ohio is 0.00004% [ibid]. That means that for every four people that these groups might actually stop from voting illegally, TEN MILLION “legal” voters are potentially disenfranchised. The very idea that stopping ONE person from fraudulently voting… which would have NO discernible effect on the outcome of an election, justifies potentially disenfranchising 2,500,000 legitimate voters… which WOULD unquestionably have a catastrophic impact on our elections… is an absolute farce, and should be prosecuted proportionately.
Racist far-right partisan Republicans think they have found a cloak of respectability in challenging the rights of the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democratic, on the grounds of “protecting our elections from voter fraud”. What justification is there to believe the poor and minorities are any more likely to commit “voter fraud” than rich white suburbanites that typically vote Republican? None. Yet for some odd coinky-dink, those just always seems to be groups they focus on….”
Either that – or she is like 90% of the patriotic tea party movement. She’s a fraud and con artist. She is not some poor little housewife, who is terrified over how the country is now ruled by an incompetent non-white POTUS. This is a woman with a major connection to the Koch Machine, the oil industry, and Americans for Prosperity. Even better is the fact that her cause was embraced and endorsed by no less that white supremacist, hater James Edwards of the Political Cesspool. That alone tells The Pink Flamingo she is dirty as you know what.
You want dirty?
“...One group that has drawn considerable negative attention on this score is True the Vote. Its leaders say they will have a million monitors on precinct-watching and voter-challening duty on election day. That’s a bold claim for an organization that has raised less than $200,000. It also makes claims to non-partisanship. But it associates with Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Bros.-funded advocacy group that had a tremendous impact on the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. It also has strong ties to various tea party operations in several states.
In Houston, where it is based, True the Vote in 2010 went after supposed voter fraud in the 18th congressional district represented by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, an African American. Two-thirds of her constituents are black or Latino, and the median income is 60 percent of the national average. The district was chosen because it has thousands of addresses where six or more people are registered to vote. That is evidence of possible fraud, according to True the Vote. This conveniently ignores the fact that financial circumstances and cultural traditions encourage “doubling up” and the practice of extended families living under one roof. Out of 3,800 supposedly suspicious situations, True the Vote ultimately settled on 500, most of which did not pan out when officials reviewed them. In one case, they found eight to 10 persons registered at a vacant lot. Aha! Turned out that the building had been bulldozed and the inhabitants had moved.
From its base in Houston to Florida, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and other states. True the Vote has been implicated in several efforts to intimidate voters, particularly college students, minorities and immigrants or people perceived to be immigrants. The research and policy group Demos and “good-government” advocacy organization Common Cause took issue with a number of True the Vote’s alleged actions in its report, Bullies at the Ballot Box.
The report noted that True the Vote’s leaders seem to have a special affinity for the work of Matthew Vadum. He wrote an op-ed last year titled, Registering the Poor is unAmerican. “[H]ow else can you justify a law that mandates that welfare recipients be given — be encouraged — to vote when they’re there in the cheese line picking up their check?…You shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government.”
Is there an echo in here? Does that sound a little bit like Mitt Romney speaking to donors when he thought he was unplugged?…”
Every once in awhile, The Pink Flamingo reaches the point where I find that Peggy Noonan is not even a useful idiot. This is one of those times. On May 23 she basically surrendered what little basis she had to be considered a rational writer by standing up for Catherine Engelbrecht. The poor woman has been harassed by the IRS, and every other alphabet soup agency, for simply being a patriot. Never mind that she is a shill for the Koch Machine. This is the tale of her woes.
“...In December 2010 the FBI came to ask about a person who’d attended a King Street Patriots function. In January 2011 the FBI had more questions. The same month the IRS audited her business tax returns. In May 2011 the FBI called again for a general inquiry about King Street Patriots. In June 2011 Engelbrecht’s personal tax returns were audited and the FBI called again. In October 2011 a round of questions on True the Vote. In November 2011 another call from the FBI. The next month, more questions from the FBI. In February 2012 a third round of IRS questions on True the Vote. In February 2012 a first round of questions on King Street Patriots. The same month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did an unscheduled audit of her business. (It had a license to make firearms but didn’t make them.) In July 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did an unscheduled audit. In November 2012 more IRS questions on True the Vote. In March 2013, more questions. In April 2013 a second ATF audit.
All this because she requested tax-exempt status for a local conservative group and for one that registers voters and tries to get dead people off the rolls. Her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, who provided the timeline above, told me: “These people, they are just regular Americans. They try to get dead people off the voter rolls, you would think that they are serial killers.”…”
Every instinct The Pink Flamingo has tells me that Engelbrecht is dirty as you know what. Guess what? Once again The Pink Flamingo is right.