The names Catherine Engelbrecht and Reggie B. Walton may not exactly be household names, but both are part of a disturbing court ruling that can only be described as a reprehensible
government protection racket in plain sight for all to see. Ms. Engelbrecht was the plaintiff and Reggie B. Walton the judge.
A succinct summary is provided by Breitbart in the report, True the Vote’s Lawsuit against IRS Gets Tossed by Federal Judge.
judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order dismissing a lawsuit filed by True the Vote, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit organization focused on "voters’ rights and election integrity" against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The order alleged that
the IRS had improperly delayed granting their application for 501(c)(3) status and targeted them as a conservative organization. The opinion, by Judge Reggie B. Walton, found that the IRS had taken sufficient "remedial
steps to address the alleged behavior."
From the ruling by Judge
defendants contend that the Court does not have subject-matter jurisdiction over counts one, two, and five of the plaintiff’s
complaint because the IRS ultimately approved the plaintiff’s application for tax-exempt status, and thus counts one,
two, and five—all of which seek “to correct [the] alleged targeting [of the IRS] and delay during its application
process” for tax-exempt status—are now moot as there is no longer any case or controversy for the Court to resolve.”
How nice that the IRS can slip out of a sticky wicket
by simply retroactively approving a 501(c)(3) application that they officiated with a touch of harassment and a sprinkle of
intimidation. The reasoning used by Judge Walton to protect the IRS from a “voluntary cessation” exception follows:
“The rationale supporting
the defendant’s voluntary cessation as an exception to mootness is that, while the defendant’s unilateral cessation
of the challenged conduct may grant the plaintiff relief, the defendant is free to return to its old ways—thereby subjecting
the plaintiff to the same harm but, at the same time, avoiding judicial review. Accordingly, a case can be mooted by virtue
of the defendant’s cessation of its allegedly illegal conduct only if (1) there is no reasonable expectation that the
conduct will recur and (2) interim relief or events have completely and irrevocably eradicated the effects of the alleged
Oh praise the sacred
high priests of the Internal Revenue Service for “seeing the light” and repenting their ways. Such a reasonable
trust in the good intentions of the IRS to not only follow the law but to administer their trade under the “good faith”
doctrine that only a judge working for the same corrupt government as do the Lois Lerner brigade of bureaucrats, would profess.
An important USA Today article, from hardly an anti
government publication, IRS list reveals concerns over Tea Party 'propaganda', furnishes the evidence.
“Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature,
raising concerns specifically about "anti-Obama rhetoric," inflammatory language and "emotional" statements
made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.
The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments
by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities.
In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as "propaganda."
The list provides the most specific public accounting to date of which groups
were targeted for extra scrutiny and why. The IRS has not publicly identified the groups, repeatedly citing a provision of
the tax code prohibiting it from releasing tax return information.”
The supporting items Document: IRS 'political advocacy cases' list, while the pattern of selective favoritism is authenticated in the report, IRS approved liberal groups while Tea Party in limbo.
For a more cutting edge analysis from
Twitchy US politics on the insanity from the Loony Left, just absorb the rhetoric and ask, who the real totalitarians are in society and even worse in government. Outrage: Court acknowledges that IRS targeted True the Vote, dismisses lawsuit anyway explains.
rights group True the Vote , a nonprofit “founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our
electoral process,” has had a hard time of it. As the 2012 election approached, Cher of all people referred to True
the Vote as “a bunch of Tea Party Nazis” and “animals.” Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who sits on
the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, informed True the Vote founder and president Catherine Engelbrecht that
he would be launching an investigation into her organization.
Of course, all of this was happening while the IRS was targeting conservative
groups and holding up applications for nonprofit status, often through several election cycles. And even though the U.S. Federal
District Court didn’t deny this, True the Vote’s case against the IRS was dismissed today.”
Engelbrecht issued the following
Court today correctly acknowledged that the IRS targeted True the Vote because of its perceived political beliefs. Such conduct
is reprehensible and should never be acceptable in a free society. Despite this critical finding, we are stunned and disappointed
in the court’s ruling which nevertheless dismisses our case. We will be evaluating our legal options and will announce
our intent in that regard soon.”
Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots reaction to the DC Court Decision on IRS “Unconscionable”. “The Court’s decision not to sanction either the IRS or the individual agents because it and they had taken
“remedial measures” is unconscionable.”
Supporting this conclusion are Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups.
“Not even a smidgen of corruption.” – President Barack Obama to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly February,
to answer that question.” – Lois Lerner, pleading the Fifth Amendment before the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, March 5, 2014
3. “The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations
applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign
intervention.” – Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Audit
4. “Instead of referring to the cases as advocacy
cases, they actually used case names on this list. They [Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio] used names like ‘Tea
Party’ or ‘Patriots’ and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title.
That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.” – Lois Lerner
5. “Even after admitting that it had targeted
groups, and a TIGTA [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] report detailed the abuses, the IRS did not let up.
In August 2013, the IRS requested yet more documents and information. It asked us to provide, for example, all fundraising
communications for the 60 days before the November 6, 2012 election, and all materials that we used in various “Get
Out the Vote” activities. That request made no sense under the current standards for evaluating non-profit applications.
The regulations proposed three months later, however, explain the requests, as they include specific provisions classifying
any mention of a candidate’s name within 60 days of an election and get-out-the-vote efforts as taxable political activity.”
– Jenny Beth Martin in testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, February 27, 2014
6. “The Internal
Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately
targeted for scrutiny.” – Hot Air, May 13, 2013
7. “The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups
were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups –
a finding that seems to confirm political bias was at play.” – The Washington Times, June 27, 2013
8. When the IRS revelations
broke, Obama promised a full investigation. Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney for a number of tea party and conservative groups
targeted by the IRS, testified, “None of my clients have received a single contact from the FBI, the DOJ [Department
of Justice] or any other investigator regarding the IRS scandal.” – The Chicago Sun-Times, February 10, 2014
9. More than 400,000 documents
have been turned over to Congress, only a fraction of which have been publicly released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Republicans say they’re still missing key documents including the e-mails of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director
Lois Lerner. – USA Today, February 26, 2014
But remember, President Obama assures us there’s “not a smidgen of
your political leanings, every American should be concerned when the courts condone abusive and arbitrary administration in
any agency. Allowing the IRS to retroactively cover their rear, while turning a blind eye to systemic illicit practices, is
just part of the game plan that permits the court to make up law, which favors government tyranny.
The True the Vote decision is insulting and only goes to prove that reforms through the election process are truly the moot option.
SARTRE – October 28, 2014