This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips, the principals behind the True the Vote organization that works tirelessly to make sure elections are open and fair across America – including by having provided the raw data for the sensational Dinesh D'Souza film "2000 Mules" – have been jailed, attacked by the IRS, vilified by those loyal to the Deep State and more for their efforts. But they remain focused on making sure Americans know truly fair elections are a matter of freedom or oppression.
"This is not a game or a drill. This is real life, real liberty, and the cornerstone of all we are as a republic. The more that we move away from an election that brings Americans together to have a conversation about the direction of our country, the more that we risk losing the very thing that makes this nation special," they warn online.
The solutions they've identified aren't always simple: Changing election codes and calling for election integrity. They bluntly warn, "It is not enough to be involved only on Election Day."
After then-IRS official Lois Lerner used the tax code to attack the organization under the reign of Barack Obama, the IRS found itself on the receiving end of multiple rebukes from federal judges.
One came when U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared regarding their case, "discrimination on the basis of political viewpoint in administering the United States tax code violates fundamental First Amendment rights."
Now Engelbrecht and Phillips have launched Open. ink in order to post as much material as possible online regarding elections, integrity, court fights, and relevant evidence.
Its impact already is evident. They had been sued by the election software company Konnech.
Party, sued them for defamation.
Engelbrecht and Phillips then posted online at Open.Ink/Konnech all of the information available regarding the case.
And Konnech dropped its legal action the next day.
True the Vote explained, in a statement, "Konnech’s litigation was meritless and intended to harass this organization. They have failed. We are evaluating our options with regard to holding them accountable for their unwarranted actions. We believe Konnech dismissed its lawsuit because it saw that it would lose."
It was in that case that the two spent a week in jail when they refused to reveal the source of their information about Konnech's operations.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, who had demanded the conservative nonprofit group disclose sources of the information central to the case regarding sensitive poll worker data managed by Konnech Inc., shortly later was removed.
The organization had found a comment posted online by Konnech, for example, that boasted, "We hope to take advantage of the spring breeze of political reform and provide you with election consulting services and election management in line with China's national conditions based on our democratic election activities with Chinese characteristics."
There were, and remain, serious allegations that during the 2020 presidential election, outside influences were at work to determine an outcome that may or may not have aligned with voters' actual wishes.
Even back in 2016, it was Democrats and the Deep State in Washington, D.C., who colluded, using their own Russian sources, to fabricate the now-debunked claims of "Russia collusion" against President Donald Trump.
Then in 2020, Mark Zuckerberg handed out some $400 million, through foundations, to local election officials who most often used it to recruit voters in heavily Democrat districts.
Even more significant was the impact of a scheme involving both social and legacy media to suppress, at the instruction of the FBI, accurate reporting about the Biden family's international business schemes revealed on a laptop Hunter Biden abandoned at a repair shop.
A subsequent Media Research Center poll showed that had that accurate information has been reported routinely by the media, Joe Biden almost certainly would have lost the election.
At the time the Konnech details were posted, True the Vote said, "Today we bring you a complete and accurate account of how we discovered Konnech, a company that provides elections systems software to many of the largest counties in our country; its incontrovertible creation of open-door systems that send massive amounts of confidential election data and information to China; and its leadership’s work with, and loyalty to, the Chinese Communist Party."
The Konnech case itself was complicated when Eugene Yu, the CEO, was arrested on allegations he was "storing critical information" about American election workers "on servers in China."
The case later was dropped, but was left open for refiling should prosecutors choose.
True the Vote, a nonprofit, also contributed significant data documenting ballot trafficking, which was featured in the film "2000 Mules."
A whistleblower, Grant Bradley, a former Konnech employee, also confirmed in a court filing that the company’s “developers, designers and coders are all Chinese nationals based out of Wuhan, China."
And what of that IRS case against True the Vote and others?
WND reported on the IRS's issuance of a formal apology and $3.5 million settlement with a coalition of conservative organizations.
True the Vote has previously called for a five-step plan to clean up American elections:
Importantly, the organization also says it hopes to be a repository for all January 6, 2021, Capitol protest data and video.
Open. Ink explains its plans to provide access to records, research papers, articles, and more: "Our dedicated ink team meticulously acquires and curates data, documents, videos, and audio files centered around events and individuals of historical importance. These collections offer an in-depth and unique view of history that you won't find anywhere else."
The organization accepts tips about key documentation and information at an email, Grace@Open.Ink.