If Catherine Englebrecht is what Peggy Noonan uses as a nice lady, Lord have mercy! Standing up for this woman, supporting her on the Murdoch tabloid WSJ, and all that that implies, tells The Pink Flamingo that the battle for the IRS is a set up to destroy the IRS so that the Koch Machine can wriggle out of a major investigation. It’s that simple.
If Catherine Englebrecht is someone the far right considered innocent, they are as corrupt as she is. If the far right is embracing Englebrecht it proves how few standards they have. Either that, or they are so stupid it is laughable. Vote fraud is a myth, at least when it comes to the left. The real voter fraud is being instigated by the far right. Englebrecht is allegedly part of the corrupt problem. This is a woman who tried to rob, steal, and cheat honest people out of their right to vote. She tried to remove them from the voter rolls, and have them declared less than real American citizens. What she did was unethical at best. At worst, it was corrupt and illegal.
It’s a long and convoluted story, but there is no way this woman should be the poster child for what the IRS has allegedly done wrong. Instead, she should be the poster child for voter intimidation, ballot fraud, harassment, and what it is like to be a Koch Machine whore. That’s all she is – a whore for the Kochs.
At the forefront of so-called voter fraud, her organization had been at the cusp of trying to help Mitt Romney steal the 2012 election – any way possible. The political kabuki theater going on in DC is now payback with the Koch whores in the House and Senate trying to destroy anyone who gets in the Koch’s way.
“...Leading up to what promises to be a very close presidential election, the Right has been working hard to lay the groundwork for blaming an Obama victory on “voter fraud.” The same strategy worked wonders last time around, when, one year after President Obama’s decisive victory a full half of Republicans believed that the community organizing group ACORN had stolen the election. In-person voter fraud, as John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt admitted today, is a convenient part of “the mythology now in the Republican Party,” one that as Josh noted earlier has helped to fuel decades of voter suppression measures.At an Eagle Forum conference in September – attended by Todd Akin, among others – two speakers addressed the issue of voter fraud: Catherine Engelbrecht, whose group True the Vote has been challenging registered voters across the country, and John Fund, a conservative columnist and author of a recent book on the issue.Fund claimed that President Obama wants the election to go to the Supreme Court, and that in a close election, the president would use the now-defunct ACORN to change the outcome: “The election is close, and he puts his thumb on the scale of democracy, and he sends his old ACORN friends the signal, you know what’s going to happen.”…“
Engelbrecht’s group, True the Vote, was involved in the Ohio purge of voters, especially those who were not white, Democrat, and voted their way.
“...A year before the conference, Gov. Perry was the guest speaker when the King Street Patriots opened their new headquarters, an upgrade from their mall office. The King Street Patriots were working so closely with the Republican Party—hosting fundraisers and providing resources for their candidates—that a judge ruled this year that the group’s electioneering violated its 501c4 status and declared them a political action committee.
But the relationship with the Republican Party goes beyond Texas.
At a Heritage Foundation-sponsored panel in July, Engelbrecht shared the stage with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, both of whom are involved in a multi-state program Kobach created for purging voters using dubious methods. Under the Interstate Cross Check Project, 15 states (not including Texas) have been enlisted to share voter registration data under the premise that they will root out “non-citizen” voters. It’s an outgrowth of Kobach’s Secure and Fair Elections [SAFE] law, one of the strictest voter ID laws passed in 2011, particularly for its requirement that voters show proof of their citizenship when they first register. It was fueled by claims that felons, dead people and “illegal aliens” were voting and stealing elections. There is scant evidence for any of those claims. But Engelbrecht told the Heritage crowd that Kobach’s SAFE was “the model” the rest of the nation should follow.
Englebrecht’s Heritage Foundation panel was actually a rogue’s gallery of election administrators. The same week of the panel, Colorado’s Gessler tried to force local elected officials to accept changes to poll monitoring and canvassing rules; the locals protested loudly. At the panel Gessler, who’s embroiled in lawsuits over a directive to county clerks not to mail ballots to people who skipped the 2010 elections, said he is busy checking databases for “illegal immigrants” on ICE holds, and asserted he found 185 of them were registered to vote.
“We have to confirm that,” said Gessler, “but that is the likelihood.” Critics of Gessler’s tactic, which has been been deployed in other states as well, point out that even if an undocumented person’s name ended up on a voter registration card, it’s highly unlikely that person would actually cast a vote. Last week, Gessler joined his state’s Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman as featured speakers at True the Vote’s summit in Colorado.
In Florida, when Gov. Rick Scott was hammered with lawsuits for a controversial “non-citizen” purge program—similar to what Kobach’s multi-state project is carrying out—True the Vote rallied their troops to support him. In Wisconsin, the group sent thousands of recruits to audit Gov. Scott Walker’s recall petition, which netted almost a million signatures. True the Vote’s audit claimed only half of the signatures were eligible. However, the official audit by the Government Accountability Board said that over 900,000 were eligible, and that only five fictitious names were added.
This week the Republican National Committee expanded the party’s voter ID platform to include an endorsement of “proof of citizenship” laws for first-time registered voters, along with tougher immigration language like building a border fence. All of it was submitted by Kansas’ Kobach. The law that Engelbrecht endorsed as “the model” for the nation is now the Republican Party’s official agenda….”
If you want The Pink Flamingo’s honest opinion, this woman needs to be on trial for what she tried to do to people. When you excel at voter intimidation and trying to rob people of their Constitutional rights to vote, and harass them in the process, if you are liberal, you go to jail. If you are Koch whore like Englebrecht, you are hailed as a heroine. She is too well organized and has far too much money to spend. Anyone with the connections to the Koch Machine that she has is not an innocent victim. She deserves to be investigated by the IRS and the DOJ for voter intimidation. When you specialize in voter suppression, you deserve to have the keys to the high security prison tossed into the sewer, after you’re put away for awhile. This is what people like Englebrecht deserve.