I’ve generally ignored Peggy Noonan, as she’s proven herself to have fallen into irrelevancy in recent years as a mere echo of what passes for conventional wisdom among well-heeled Cocktail Party Republicans. Put simply, she’s tired and has largely given up on working, whatever gifts she has as a writer.
That said, she occasionally works her connections and delivers something worth reading, in this instance, evidence of a coordinated, cross-agency harassment campaign orchestrated by the Obama Administration:*
But the most important IRS story came not from the hearings but from Mike Huckabee‘s program on Fox News Channel. He interviewed and told the story of Catherine Engelbrecht—a nice woman, a citizen, an American. She and her husband live in Richmond, Texas. They have a small manufacturing business. In the past few years she became interested in public policy and founded two groups, King Street Patriots and True the Vote.
In July 2010 she sent applications to the IRS for tax-exempt status. What followed was not the harassment, intrusiveness and delay we’re now used to hearing of. The U.S. government came down on her with full force.
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.”
For those of you who skimmed over that, this one small business owner was questioned by the FBI six times, was audited by the IRS four times, the BATF twice, and OSHA once.
All because she didn’t want the dead to vote.
Tell me again, my Democrat friends: this is what Democracy looks like?
* Technically, Mike Huckabee should get the credit for revealing this cross-agency collusion, but I would have never found out about it through him.