Tea Party Group Screams IRS Persecution, But Judge Ruled They Illegally Aided the GOP in 2012 - 2013-05-20

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F0.png Tea Party Group Screams IRS Persecution, But Judge Ruled They Illegally Aided the GOP in 2012 May 20, 2013, Sarah Jones, PoliticusUSA

Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote's president, is screaming IRS persecution to Breitbart, "The IRS treatment of us lends to the appearance of a politically-motivated abuse of power and an assault on free speech." She continued, "We applied for nonprofit C-3 status early in 2010. Since that time the IRS has run us through a gauntlet of analysts and hundreds of questions over and over again."

Actually, it's not an assault on "free speech", it's an assault on the unlawful behavior of True the Vote, but Breitbart left that part out because it doesn't fit their agenda. Who cares if True the Vote donates to Republicans or gets busted as NOT A NONPROFIT, but rather a PAC, eh? Oh, the screeching, hysterical persecution!

On March 28, 2012, Chron reported that a Texas Tea Party group with the word "Patriot" in its title was found by a judge to be a PAC and not a nonprofit. The judge ruled that as such, it illegally aided the Republican Party in poll watching efforts during the 2010 elections. The King Street Patriots/True the Vote are not a nonprofit, but a PAC:

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Sarah | last = Jones | title = Tea Party Group Screams IRS Persecution, But Judge Ruled They Illegally Aided the GOP in 2012 | url = https://www.politicususa.com/2013/05/20/judge-rules-tea-party-group-illegally-aided-gop-expect-irs-scrutinize.html | work = PoliticusUSA | date = May 20, 2013 | accessdate = August 6, 2021 }}