So now as the IRS scandal continues to come to light and expand, more conservative political groups are finding themselves being targeted by the IRS, including voter integrity group Minnesota Majority and Media Trackers of Wisconsin.
Minnesota Majority has been operating for about seven years under the chairmanship of Dan McGrath who says the trouble really started in March when the IRS sent them a very invasive questionare inquiring into the purpose of the group. Minnesota Majority has been active in attempting to get tougher voter identification laws on the books in the state after the alleged fraud in 2008 when Sen. Al Franken beat out incumbent Norm Coleman by the narrowest of margins following a recount and lawsuits. The group alleged that over 1000 felons were allowed to vote in that election, with only a few being convicted.
Media Trackers CEO Drew Ryun reported that they attempted to get tax exempt status back in 2011 and waited over 15 months for approval. After changing the submission name to “Greenhouse Solutions”, however, acceptance by the IRS took only three weeks.
Author, WSJ and Fox New Contributor John Fund visited St. Paul Minnesota Monday at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill to talk about Minnesota’s Voter ID Law and Voter Fraud. His remarks were sponsored by Minnesota Majority and ProtectMyVote.com.
Fund has written a new book on the subject of voter fraud entitled, “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”, which is now available. Fund signed copies of his book for people attending the event. Minnesota’s election irregularities of the 2008 election campaign figure prominently in the opening chapter of the book. See video of Fund’s comments above.
A constitutional amendment to Minnesota State Law requiring Voter ID at the polls will be on the ballot in November’s election. A majority of votes is required to pass the amendment and an abstention from voting equals a no vote, according to state law.
You may not hear it on the news, but in Minnesota, the battle over requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls rages on. A constitutional amendment question posed to the voters on whether or not to require ID at the polls will appear on the ballot this November.
On Thursday Mike Parry, Republican State Senator from Minnesota spoke to Tea Party Patriots in Rochester to discuss the latest news regarding the ballot initiative. This same week, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie-DFL, who opposed the ballot question from the beginning, changed the name of the ballot question without the consent of the legislature, resulting in an immediate law suit.
On Friday, Sen. Parry scheduled a hearing to question three individuals on the voter ID matter, including Attorney General Lori Swanson, who also is campaigning against the ballot initiative, Secretary Ritchie, and Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Executive Director Gary Goldsmith. It is rumored that the Secretary of State declined to show and Senator Parry promises to ask for a vote to issue a subpoena if the Secretary fails to show.
Also on Thursday, political activist John Rouleau, field director of ProtectMyVote.com, spoke to the same group to educate them on what is going on with voter ID in the state and to dispel rumors. Below you can find videos of what was said at the meeting.