Lost E-mails Specific to Our Case History Have Been Found
In October a federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny. Apparently the fact that they did, at one time was not an issue for the court.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled that, “Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to decide it,” dismissing one lawsuit brought by True the Vote, a conservative vote-monitoring organization.
True the Vote, an offshoot of the Tea Party-affiliated King Street Patriots, had its application as a social welfare group help up because the IRS suspected it was engaging in direct political election campaigning, which is forbidden under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. IRS agents found that its web site contained “Democratic attacks and Republican/conservative response,” according to confidential IRS documents.
But harm was done to those organizations and individuals by the IRS and other governmental agencies. Recently more documents have been made available, and as a result some of the affected organizations have filed an appeal. In a statement released to the press just before Christmas, they announced the filing of this appeal.
TRUE THE VOTE FILES NOTICE OF APPEAL IN IRS TARGETING LAWSUIT
HOUSTON, TX. — December 18, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement formally announcing its intent to appeal a recent dismissal of its lawsuit addressing the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal:
“The IRS targeting scandal is not over and neither is our effort to seek justice in the federal courts,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Since the dismissal, ‘lost’ emails specific to our case history have been found and assertions that the agency changed its ways have yet to prove true by any verifiable manner. Until the Court fully addresses the IRS’ wrongdoing, the risk of future political abuses without consequences will only compound.”
True the Vote filed a notice of appeal for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on December 18, 2014. Future briefing deadlines are expected to be set throughout spring of 2015. A copy of the notice has been made available for review.
True the Vote originally filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service after waiting three (3) years for the agency to process its 501(c) application for tax-exempt status. D.C. District Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the case in November 2014.