Breitbart News: At least two Texas Tea Party groups have reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) questioned them on their relationship to the election integrity organization True the Vote and its parent group, the King Street Patriots Tea Party. True the Vote was created by the Houston-based King Street Patriots Tea Party group, and both groups were founded and led by Catherine Engelbrecht.In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Robert Gonzalez of the Houston, TX area Clear Lake Tea Party revealed that he and his wife Lisa received the same type of probing and scrutinizing questions as other Tea Party and conservative groups, but theirs came with a specific question about one of Engelbrecht’s groups.
“The IRS wanted to know what our relationship was to ‘King City Patriots,’ but it was clear they meant Catherine Engelbrecht’s ‘King Street Patriots,'” said Gonzalez. “My wife Lisa founded this Tea Party, and of course we knew Catherine; everyone does. But to be specifically questioned by the federal government about her? If we had not previously known her, we would have thought she was of questionable character or something by them asking that,” he added.
Shortly after filing for True the Vote’s 501(c3) status with the IRS and beginning her efforts to ensure voter accountability, a myriad of federal agencies entered her life. Not only did they IRS began sending a series of probing and exhaustive questionnaires, but they began to audit both Engelbrecht personally and her businesses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began to call her with questions, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) began to do surprise audits of one of her businesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began to audit one of her businesses, and a Texas state environmental agency began an audit as well.