Obama Administration Wrongly Profiled Catherine Engelbrecht, Yet Opts to Investigate Acquitted George Zimmerman
Hey, it beats an investigation into why several agencies of the federal government suddenly profiled True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht!
The acquittal by an all women jury of George Zimmerman obvioiusly wasn't what the Obama Administration was hoping for, and going to war on the women jurors would undercut its claim that there's a Republican War on Women, so what is the Obama/Holder Justice Department to do to distract attention from the Benghazi, IRS and surveillance scandals?
Its answer is to investigate Zimmerman in the hope of conducting a civil rights prosecution of him.
Never mind that Zimmerman is not and never has been a law enforcement officer and did not purport to act "under color of law" when he encountered Trayvon Martin. He called the police, as was his right, and he did not even try to make a citizen's arrest.
But, hey, investigating Zimmerman beats investigating why several agencies of the federal government suddenly profiled True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht!
"The recent revelations that the IRS has been profiling those opposed to Washington policies and then targeting them for additional scrutiny should serve as a frightening wake up call for every American. Constitutional rights are not limited just to those Americans the government prefers. We cannot have a federal government, with all its enormous power, pursue people and organizations with differing political or policy opinions from those in control. That kind of activity corrupts the very foundation of American freedom and unfortunately, is becoming more common place as Washington increases its power over the law abiding people it is supposed to be serving.
"Catherine Engelbrecht has been waiting for nearly 3 years to receive 501(c)(4) approval from the IRS. During this time the IRS has asked her to submit nearly 300 responses and documents. Her group t has been contacted by the FBI six times. Her personal and business tax returns have been audited. Her business has experienced multiple surprise visits from OSHA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
"Undoubtedly one of the most shocking aspects of this issue is that Catherine is not an isolated case. Dozens of other applicants have all suffered the same harassment."
Note: Engelbrecht is seeking 501(c)(3) status for True the Vote, like "liberal" Project Vote has, but Senator Johnson saw the big picture clearly.
For more detail see "Why did the Obama administration target Catherine Engelbrecht personally?" (www.renewamerica.com/columns/gaynor/130603).
Abraham Lincoln was right: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
Nevertheless, the Obama administration will try to continue to fool as many people as possible and keep public attention away from its scandals, best exemplified by its targeting of Catherine Engelbrecht for daring to push for election integrity and mislabel it attempted voter suppression.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.