Surfin’ USA - October 31, 2022

Table of Content:

  1. Letter of the Editor: Stop the Forces of Destruction
  2. Report Violations
  3. Voter Guide
  4. Locations & Schedule for Early Voting
  5. Vote Connie Scott! She is Good. The alternative is so bad!!!
  6. Pray for Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Philips

Nov. 8th General Election 2022

Stop the Forces of Destruction - Every Vote Matters!

Our Message as we get into this Election cycle has been very clear.

This is a November General Election.

Your choice is a Republican candidate or a Democrat candidate. (Other minor factional parties are also on the ballot – Greens, Martians, etc.)   There is NO Straight Ticket Voting!  You must go down the ballot to vote in each race.  Party labels are next to each name. 

The Coastal Bend Republican Coalition has conducted deep vetting for March Primaries where there is a choice between America First Conservatives and status quo-protecting, “leans-Democrat” Republicans. Whenever there was a choice, or access to information, we have now also vetted the Candidates in non-partisan races (City, School District) and the Bonds & Propositions now present on the Ballot.

Our Recommendations are always to Reject the Left’s “in your face” tyranny and depravity-pushing, child-molesting agenda by voting against Texas Democrats! Races toward the end of the ballot are important! Do not skip them!  Democrats do damage anywhere they gain a foothold. 

FACT: Texas Democrats will not resist anything Biden wants to do to Texas. All Democrats will embrace the DC Occupiers’ agenda. Of course, based on their record in office (what they have done/not done), some Texas Republicans have badly let conservatives down.

We made that abundantly clear leading up to the March 2022 Republican Primary Election, but the Primary Election results yielded these November 8th ballot choices, which comes down to this question: “Who will hurt Texas more?” 

Most Republicans will have the good sense to try to slow down the Left’s march across Texas.  We must hold Texas.  To lose Texas to the Left will most certainly unleash the hounds of hell on Texas.
Coastal Bend Republicans look at this general election as our only a chance to hold Texas as we redouble our efforts to elect more America First Republicans in the 2024 Primary!

 Don’t boycott voting!
 Don’t vote for Donkeys!


The ongoing, evil-fueled attacks against President Trump and America First Republicans are proof that it is a savage fight we face against a hostile legacy media and a deeply entrenched political class. Don’t make our fight harder by giving any quarter to Democrats!

Like at each Election cycles there have been questions regareding our

OPPOSITION to Propositions and Bonds.

This time again, there are Tax-hiking Bonds on Your Ballot.

We are proud that 6 months after last November Constitutional Amendments elections, our position regarding bonds, was adopted by the Texas Republican Party as it defined its new Platform.. And yes, the reason we opposed all Bonds and Property Tax reductions reserved to a few selected categories for which our hearts always respond, had all to do with Good Governance, caring for the TaxPayer money, and not at all, like some tried to impute, about disrespecting our Veterans and Military!!

Passed bonds = debt issued to finance local gov't projects. Taxpayers will repay the borrowed money plus interest.

So,yes, we are again, saying NO to all the Bond Propositions on our Ballot this November.

What does the 2022 Texas Republican Party Platform, written and approved by grassroots conservatives, say about bond elections?

The following two platform planks address 1) an utter lack of transparency that yields inaccurate bond project costs (incomplete project price tag) on ballots, and 2) the history of low voter turnout that passes huge blocks of debt, raising taxes on families, those on fixed incomes, and small businesses.

Platform Plank #92. Bonds Create Bondage: We urge the Texas Legislature to amend the Texas Election Code to require bond issues be approved by a 2/3 majority of those voting and only if 20% of all registered voters in the district cast ballots. Taxpayer standing must be established to allow taxpayers to hold government entities accountable.

Platform Plank #239. Bond Elections: State and local bond election ballots shall be required to include the amount of debt currently outstanding, current debt service payments, current per capita debt obligations, the amount of new debt being proposed, estimated debt service for the new debt, and estimated per capita burden being proposed. The bond issue must obtain a 2/3 affirmative vote of at least 20% of registered voters in the voting jurisdiction. No public funds are to be spent influencing a bond election. We oppose bundling of items on bond election ballots and “rolling polling” for bond and tax rate increase elections.

Why is this important?

We need the Texas Legislature, Governor, Lt. Governor, and House Speaker to get on board with these reforms to make the cost of these debt-building bond elections CLEAR to voters. Legislation should also be passed and signed into law that requires a turnout of 20% of registered voters and a subsequent 2/3 majority of the turnout to pass these behemoths.

Did you know before reading yor Ballot if your county, city, ISD, community college, or special taxing district have a bond election on your Nov. 8 ballot? Do you know what it’s for? Do you know the full price tag?

There’s a grand total of $21.1 Billion in projects on the Nov. 8 ballot. This total does NOT include the price of financing (the interest)! Can you imagine what the interest will be on $21.1 Billion?

Start your fact-finding mission by clicking here: Texas Bond Review Board; enter 11/8/22 in the space for Election Date (or click on calendar icon), then hit enter.

Now that you are looking at the sortable table of all bond elections on ballots across Texas, the easiest way to find the principal ONLY portion of a bond election for your ballot is to sort the table by county. Click through the pages (see bottom left corner) or you may download to Excel and sort.

Once you find your county and any bond elections inside your county, go to your taxing entity website (city, county, ISD, special taxing entity) to see if they report how much interest will be charged to borrow this money and how many years it will take for taxpayers to pay it off. Don’t find that key information? Then start calling your elected officials to get the information before you vote.

Would you buy a vehicle or a house without knowing the full price tag?

Didn’t think so – especially when fuel, electricity, grocery prices, and property tax bills are soaring, and inflation is eating your income!

Before you vote, know these additional facts, and if you believe a new Park, a new Library is a “good investment,” at least you will know the full price tag when you vote and will be ready to have this added to your property tax bill.


Did you find out about the $XXX MILLION of these Bonds difference between the published Bonds and their real cost? That's the INTEREST charged on the bond debt. All bond projects require interest (debt service) payments over the life (years) of the borrowed principal. Taxpayers are always on the hook for the entire amount – principal PLUS interest. Your electe officials just don’t include that extra amount on the ballot! They could, but because they are not required to do it, they do not! Instead, most taxing entities “low ball it” by talking in terms of “just a few pennies on your tax rate” or “it will only be the cost of two cups of Starbucks coffee a day.” *[Source: Specialized Public Finance, Inc. report to Smith County Commissioners dated 8/01/2022]

FACT: Over-65 Homestead Exemptions with frozen ceilings on property taxes are indeed impacted by major long-term debt. Each time voters approve a “Let’s borrow millions” bond project, property tax debt burdens for ALL taxpayers go up. Your over-65 property tax ceiling is frozen – not the floor! Adding debt ensures taxes for the over-65s will not go down.

Wait! What? Taxes for over-65s won’t go down because this new long-term debt will highly likely never be paid off the rest of your natural life! Also, when the property is passed on to children/grandchildren under 65, the exemption is removed, and property taxes are raised. If instead of passing your homestead down to heirs, you sell it, property taxes owed on the homestead by new owners will jump up way past your ceiling! In a recession, when interest rates are also soaring, this could pose a considerable problem selling a home.

I hope this helps you become better informed before you vote! And please explain this around you! 

If you still believe the extra taxes and extra debt are worth adding to your property tax bill during a recession, that is your choice!

It's latr already, but we never give up!

Suzanne Guggenheim


Coastal Bend Republican Coalition

VOTING Dates & Hours
Mon. thru Fri., Oct. 31-Nov. 4: 7 AM - 7 PM
ELECTION DAY | Tues. Nov. 8th | 7 AM - 7 PM

Report Any Election Integrity Concerns


If your rights are being violated,


If you are aware of other voters whose rights are being violated by acts not in accordance with the law,

Please contact one or all of the following for help:

NRC Election Integrity Hotline: (512) 991 0117


True The Vote Hotline: (855) 585 2022

And inform:

Nueces County Elections Department: (361) 888-0655

and make a note of who you talk to.

Coastal Bend Republicans: 361-290-7068


Remember, you can vote at any of the locations below.




Connie Scott

 I’m running for county judge to end the divisiveness at the courthouse. The bitterness. The name-calling. The childishness. It just gets in the way of solving problems. We can, and we must, do better. Please join me and let’s bring our community together, stop the political games, and solve the big challenges facing Nueces County.

Meet Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales

and see how she treets he County Commissioners!

Connie Scott


Commissioner Gonzalez’ and Commissioner Hernandez’ released this statement this week showing this is not about partisanship but rather about bad government. I appreciate them being willing to stand up and lead and speak the truth.

I've been criticizing Barbara Canales’ mishandling of this for weeks or months and at first she repeatedly denied that it happened and now has said she did nothing wrong. Now Barbara Canales is trying to undo what she claims she never did in the first place. Barbara is simply compounding the problem by filing more invalid documents without court approval. We are still in jeopardy of losing public access to this park that families have enjoyed since the 1950s and we may be losing an enormous economic development project because of Barbara Canales. If that happens taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars in damages and legal fees combined if the developer sues the county for reneging on the agreement. Whether it is incompetence or corruption we have to do better. We are truly a county in chaos!


Read the latest report of Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales’ abhorrent, aberrant attacks … So unseemly for a judge to engage in such acrimonious behavior against everyone that engages with her and/or her agenda. It would be hideously damaging and dangerous for Nueces County to put up with this any longer. Please make certain you go to the polls …. even if for no other reason than to vote for Connie Scott to replace the current vicious, scandal-ridden County Judge. And remember, two of Canales’ own party and race … on the Commissioners Court… announced they are supporting her opponent…

La Cronica

Powerful Corpus Christi Police Officers Association (POA), in a stunning rebuke, refused to endorse embattled Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales for re-election. Instead, Corpus Christi Police Officers officially endorsed former State Representative Connie Scott to become our next Nueces County Judge.

Police officers listened intently as Barbara Canales said her family represented officers, but police officer's know her family has a long history of representing alleged criminals. Canales' speech was about the progress of area organizations, refusing to discuss County issues like the why she closed the beaches and gave away Padre Balli land to her developer friends. Connie Scott stood her ground, questioning Barbara Canales' mismanagement, inability to get along with other elected officials, and threatening of 400 acres of precious Padre Island land.

But Barbara Canales' failure to get the POA's endorsement, wasn't what was shocking last night. Multiple Crónica readers have reported that Barbara Canales' conduct AFTER the debate was-- down right dirty. After not getting the endorsement, a red-faced Canales verbally attacked her opponent in what Crónica readers said sounded like threats to Connie Scott. Canales told Scott, that she would "ruin" her and "make you look like a fool." Canales had a shrieking, meltdown.

Barbara Canales has gone too far--yelling at her political opponent, screaming at Commissioner Joe A. "JAG" Gonzalez and her colleagues, and cussing out community leaders is completely unacceptable. We can no longer tolerate Barbara Canales' disrespectful, erratic behavior. Integrity must be restored to the office of Nueces County Judge. The Crónica continues our investigation into Canales' corruption and hold on, because tomorrow we will be breaking another blockbuster story. Keep it locked right here. Winter is coming, Election Day, November 8.


Corpus Christi Crónica

3h  · 

#BREAKING: County Engineer Juan Pimentel files a deeply disturbing, official complaint against Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales. In the official complaint to the Nueces County Commissioner's Court, the County Engineer Juan Pimentel is seeking immediate relief from workplace abuse, including yelling and threatening character attacks by County Judge Barbara Canales. In the words of Juan Pimentel taken directly from the official complaint against Barbara Canales,

"I am here to protect the county and not the contractors... Judge Canales continues to harass, bully, verbally abuse, threatened, attack my character, call me horrible names, and falsely accuse me of wrongdoing behind closed doors in public... because I have to stand up to her and speak the truth, and punished for simply “doing my job," said Pimentel.

The Crónica believes Barbara Canales' pattern of abuse led Democratic Commissioners Joe A. "JAG" Gonzalez and Robert Hernandez to publicly endorse Connie Scott against Canales. This was a true action of political courage with the two Commissioners putting the best interests of Nueces County above all.

In the official complaint lodged against Barbara Canales, the County Engineer Juan Pimental writes of a continual pattern of workplace abuse, saying that Barbara Canales' yelling and disrespectful behavior at Nueces County is completely unacceptable. He even attached multiple videos of an angry Barbara Canales that document the abuse.

Earlier this year and with full knowledge it was a County Commissioner that requested an area infrastructure repair, Barbara Canales asked the Texas Rangers to investigate County Engineer Juan Pimentel after his team completed the work. The allegation by Canales was proven unfounded and "no credible evidence to find a violation of the law occurred" by Juan Pimentel. Barbara Canales lied about County Engineer Pimentel and literally tried to get him indicted. Pimentel was found innocent by a Grand Jury of Nueces County.

The Crónica documented Barbara Canales viciously verbally attacking County Engineer Juan Pimentel on behalf of her husband's employer, Port Chairman Charlie Zahn and one of his clients. Crónica readers may recall that Barbara Canales signed a "special Nueces County deal" for her buddy Port Chairman Charlie Zahn's client-- after Chairman Zahn approved the Port budget that paid Barbara Canales' husband Doug Allison $1 million dollars.

In the official six page complaint, Juan Pimentel writes that Barbara Canales has literally stood in front of him to prevent him from going to the bathroom. At one point, Commissioner Robert Hernandez tried to intervene and the Sheriff had to be called in order for Juan Pimentel to be allowed to go to the bathroom. Pimentel also stated for the official record that his family suffers from "great anxiety" because of Barbara Canales' treatment of him.

The Crónica is asking our readers to lend support to the brave County Engineer that is risking his job to stand up to Barbara Canales. It is not right for Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales to attack the City Engineer, County Commissioners, and community volunteers. Barbara Canales' abusive rein must end. To quote County Engineer Juan Pimentel, "I am submitting this complaint hoping to illuminate any further attacks, abuse, or retaliation because of my actions." The Crónica is going to be keeping a close eye on any Barbara Canales retaliation against County Engineer Juan Pimentel.

Winter is coming for Barbara Canales on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. The Cronica continues our investigation against corruption, early voting is being held now.

Please Pray

for Catherine Engelbrecht

and Gregg Philips

Breaking: As ordered by Federal Judge Kenneth Hoyt, US Marshals have just taken into custody True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips for contempt of court, due to their refusal to release the name of a confidential informant. 

Judge Hoyt orders that Engelbrecht and Phillips be held in custody for a day or more, until they bring forth the information they are withholding. 

For background information, here is what was posted two days ago (it's long but very important):

#TrueTheVote #ElectionDenial #ElectionHoax #DropBoxSurveillance #VoterIntimidation #CatherineEngelbrecht #GreggPhillips #ContemptOfCourt #Konnech

After a chaotic day of testimony on Thursday, a federal judge in Texas found Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips — known as leaders of the group True the Vote — in contempt of court. They are facing accusations of defamation and computer crimes from a company at the center of a viral right-wing social media campaign engineered by the conservative voting organization.

The judge informed the pair they would face jail time if they do not comply with the terms of a court order by Monday at 9 a.m.

“I expect both defendants to be present,” said U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, a Ronald Reagan appointee, looking at their table. Marshals, he said, would be ready to arrest them.

Thursday’s finding of contempt was the latest in a string of twists in the civil suit filed in September by Konnech, a Michigan-based company that provides poll worker management software to elections offices.

In filings and testimony, the basic facts and plot lines have shifted from week to week, often producing unexplained contradictions. True the Vote’s telling involves a lengthy middle-of-the-night hotel rendezvous, double-crossing federal agents, confidential informants, and security threats on two continents.

Konnech’s lawsuit, on the other hand, alleges that True the Vote’s baseless and racist accusations against the company’s CEO, Eugene Yu, forced him and his family to flee their home in fear for their lives and damaged the company’s business. Meanwhile, Yu was arrested and charged by the Los Angeles district attorney on allegations of storing government data in China, in breach of its contract, that appear similar to at least some of the allegations True the Vote has made, and Los Angeles officials have said they received an initial tip from Phillips.

For years, Engelbrecht and Phillips have come under fire for promoting election conspiracy theories while offering scant evidence to support them. But their current campaign against Konnech is forcing them to back up what they’ve said since August on far-right social networks and platforms in the more skeptical setting of a federal courtroom.

Thursday’s hearing, which took place on the 11th floor of the federal court building in downtown Houston, was the first time either Engelbrecht or Phillips have appeared in court in the matter. Engelbrecht and Phillips testified only after the judge demanded they do so — Hoyt needed their testimony so he could rule on whether the pair should be held in contempt of court for refusing, for weeks, to hand over information he’d ordered they produce to the plaintiffs.

At issue is the name and contact information of individuals Phillips and Engelbrecht have alleged were present at a Dallas hotel meeting in January 2021, when True the Vote was allegedly given proof Konnech was improperly storing the personal data of “millions” of U.S. poll workers on a server in China. True the Vote then used that information to fuel months of vaguely defined accusations about the company and Yu in podcasts and appearances.

Phillips and Engelbrecht repeatedly claimed Yu was an agent of the Communist Party of China. China, they said, had used the poll worker data to influence the 2020 election. The claims have powered weeks of fundraising for True the Vote, and Phillips and Engelbrecht have enlisted their followers to do additional research on Konnech. It’s an undertaking they’ve named “The Tiger Project.”

True the Vote’s legal team had already, in a court hearing earlier this month, produced one name: Mike Hasson.

Not that they wanted to.

“On behalf of my clients we don’t want to release the name of this individual,” True the Vote attorney Brock Akers told Judge Hoyt in an Oct. 6 hearing. The “analyst” was, he said, in “danger from forces of the Chinese Communist party.” Hoyt didn’t buy it, and demanded Akers hand over the name, which Akers wrote on a yellow legal pad and read aloud for the record.

True the Vote would only provide Hasson’s name, though. Asked Thursday for contact information or more detailed information about Hasson’s identity, Phillips told the court he had no way of contacting Hasson and had only communicated with him through unspecified messaging “apps.” He had not seen Hasson, he said, since the night at the hotel in January 2021.

Shown a photo of a man who Konnech’s attorneys believed to be Hasson, Phillips said he didn’t recognize him. Shown the same photo, Engelbrecht also demurred. “My general recollection is that he was younger than I, and Caucasian. But beyond that I really couldn’t tell you,” said Engelbrecht.

On Friday, True the Vote’s attorney’s moved to seal the photo, which Konnech’s attorneys had entered as an exhibit, “to safeguard the privacy of” the man depicted, in the event he is not indeed Mike Hasson.

Konnech’s attorneys — Dean Pamphilis and Nathan Richardson of the Houston office of Kasowitz Benson Torres — were convinced Hasson hadn’t worked alone, given True the Vote’s insistence over weeks of broadcasts that the work had been done by “analysts” and “guys” in the plural.

The attorneys pressed the pair for more names.

Phillips, who took the stand first, said one other “analyst” had been present, though he said he didn’t believe this man had been involved in Hasson’s research. Phillips refused to name the man or describe the reason for his presence — as did Engelbrecht, who took the stand next.

“Every name I give you gets doxxed and harassed,” Engelbrecht said to Richardson. “I know what happened to Mike after his name was released and he’s in hiding.”

At that, the judge interjected. “Excuse me,” Hoyt said. “How do you know he’s in hiding?”

“I’ve been … it’s been rumored. In fairness, it’s been rumored,” she responded.

She and Phillips told the court the second unnamed person was a “confidential informant” for the FBI. Phillips told the court the man would be at risk of harm from drug cartels on the border if identified, refusing to elaborate. Despite prompting from the judge, who expressed disbelief at the need for such discretion, both Phillips and Engelbrecht refused to name the person.

Hoyt has now given True the Vote’s attorneys until a Monday morning hearing to disclose the man’s name to Konnech’s attorneys, or Engelbrecht and Phillips will be held in jail until it is released.

Shortly after the hearing, Phillips announced Hoyt’s decision on Truth Social. “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy but it’s always right,” he posted. “We were held in contempt of court because we refused to burn a confidential informant or our researchers. We go to jail Monday unless we comply.”

The post is thematically consistent with the image Engelbrecht and Phillips attempted to craft in the courtroom: That they are the victims of a smear campaign and have attempted in good faith to address election vulnerabilities, even at the expense of their own physical safety.

In addition to multiple lawyers, a paralegal, and a small handful of True the Vote associates, Engelbrecht and Phillips were accompanied on Thursday by two security guards. Dressed in suits with matching American flag lapel pins, the pair stood at attention on either side of an alcove in the hallway, where Engelbrecht, Phillips and a few others had gathered before the hearing.

Staring straight ahead, the two men pretended not to hear the group’s conversation, loud enough to be audible throughout most of the hallway.

“I’m the sacrificial lamb,” Phillips said, before being comforted by his attorney, who told Phillips he would seek to take the case “as incrementally as possible.” Later a staffer offered her reassurance to others: “She’ll get her revenge,” she told them, apparently referring to Engelbrecht. “They always do.”

The bodyguards would then spend much of the day accompanying the small swarm of True the Vote associates in and out — and in and out — of the courtroom. The group’s attorneys, who were routinely admonished by Hoyt for flouting basic courtroom procedure, repeatedly requested breaks to consult with Engelbrecht and Phillips in whispers as they determined next moves.

On one break, Engelbrecht and her attorneys were gathered at a table in the courthouse cafeteria. I approached to ask Engelbrecht for a comment — Votebeat was publishing an unrelated story about True the Vote’s backing of an effort to monitor Arizona drop boxes that afternoon, and that morning the group had been sued for defamation in Georgia — only to be blocked by the second security guard, a tall, thin man wearing black running shoes with his suit.

“I’m sorry, I can’t let you go any further,” he said, stopping me a few feet from where they sat, citing unspecified “security concerns.”

Later, Engelbrecht would sit next to me in the courtroom gallery, unattended by security, having recognized me from prior coverage. “There is so much more to this,” she said, promising to say more when True the Vote’s present legal situation cleared. “It’s not what it seems.”

Neither she nor her team took additional questions from the press.

Engelbrecht and Phillips’ Thursday testimony offered the most insight into the tangled relationship between True the Vote, Konnech, and the district attorney of Los Angeles than any development so far. But the latest hearing highlighted how some aspects of True the Vote’s story have shifted from initial court filings, and how some of their answers in court conflict with their prior public descriptions of events.

In an event called “The Pit” held in Phoenix in mid-August and live-streamed on Right Side Broadcasting, Phillips and Engelbrecht told participants they’d “stumbled upon” hard evidence of a Chinese communist plot to influence the 2020 election. It revolved, they said, around a company called Konnech.

The allegations hit right-wing social media like a bomb, sparking calls to county offices that had contracted with Konnech. Over several weeks in August and September, Engelbrecht and Phillips repeatedly called attention to their fight against Konnech in podcasts and interviews.

In an Aug. 23 episode of the Elijah Streams Podcast (which tells listeners its “mission is to encourage you in your faith through a unique blend of patriotism and prophecy”),

Phillips describes a meeting with some of his paid consultants. “My guys invited me to Dallas on a Friday night. We met in a hotel room, towels under the doors,” he said, nonchalantly.

“Really?” interviewer Steve Shultz asked, impressed at the spectacle. “Wow.”

“It was pretty weird,” Phillips offered in response. “It was like some kind of a James Bond kind of thing or some sort of weirdness like that.”

He told Shultz he arrived at the hotel close to midnight. One of the analysts plugged his laptop into the hotel TV, and the group looked at “rows and rows” of data for hours.

“I’m looking at this live. By 4:30 in the morning I was pretty well scared this was bad,” he said, expressing absolute confidence in the skills of those who’d helped him get the information. “Man, those are the best analysts in the country. In the world, maybe.”

As he tells the story in interviews, events, and podcasts, Phillips often describes aspects of the night differently. Occasionally, his versions contradict. In one, for example, he said he and the others in the hotel room that night were able to crack into Konnech’s data because they guessed the password, which had been “password.” In others, he insists there was no password at all, and “no hacking.”

Central to many of the claims made by Engelbrecht and Phillips is a mounting tension with the FBI — an increasingly popular positioning in far right circles, where calls to “Defund the FBI” have seen a swell in popularity given former President Trump’s recent tangle with the agency. In one podcast, Phillips said the group “engaged with [the FBI] as an operational asset in a counterintelligence operation” against Konnech over a period of more than a year and a half before things changed. In another, Phillips claimed the FBI turned on him, accusing him of “stealing the Chinese internet” and threatening to investigate True the Vote. Though the specifics vary, the pair make clear they feel the FBI has not appropriately addressed the extent of their complaints.

“The media, and now possibly even the FBI and other agencies in the federal government are supporting this nonsense. This is crazy,” Phillips said in a Sept. 2 podcast, looking to Engelbrecht for a response. “I agree,” she said.

As the defamation suit got under way, the larger plot points appeared similar in sequence to the facts True the Vote’s lawyers represented to the court, conveyed in dry legal language that was considerably less dramatic.

In late September, the group’s attorney — Brock Akers, an attorney in Houston who’d initially represented True the Vote in the matter — said in a court filing that True the Vote had “turned over data and information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which had been given to them.” He offered few details as to who had provided the data or by what means.

Then, details began to shift.

In a hearing two weeks later, the same attorney told Judge Hoyt that True the Vote had never been in possession of the data. Mike Hasson, not Phillips or Engelbrecht, Akers said, “actually has the data who then turned it over to the FBI.”

In Phillips’ testimony on Thursday, he said again that he’d spent more than four hours in a Dallas hotel with Hasson and an unnamed third party. From there, his explanations also begin to diverge from the previously established timeline.

When Pamphilis asked Phillips about previous claims that he and “his guys” had broken into Konnech’s data by guessing a simple password, Phillips said he had not personally accessed any information and did not know how the data Hasson showed him had been obtained. Asked if he was told about the existence of a password by someone else, Phillips said he didn’t remember.

“I don’t have recollection,” said Phillips.

Phillips said Hasson did not directly access any Konnech data that night in January 2021. Instead, Phillips said Hasson simply showed him files and screenshots that had been previously gathered. They could not have possibly downloaded the files — which Phillips said totaled “somewhere in the 350-terabyte range” — on hotel internet, Phillips said confidently. Lawyers for Konnech did not remark on the enormousness of the file size. (It takes about 2 billion document pages to amount to 350 terabytes, an amount of data that would fill nearly 1,500 standard laptops.)

Phillips and Engelbrecht told the court that True the Vote and its supporters continued to research Konnech after Hasson revealed what he’d found, relying on “open source” research tools and public records requests sent to Konnech’s government customers. The fruits of this additional probe were shared with the FBI and LA County, they said.

It was the unclear status of these ongoing investigations and acute concern for the safety of confidential FBI informants that prevented them from offering more extensive information as part of their Thursday testimony, both Engelbrecht and Phillips told the court.

Hoyt asked Phillips and Engelbrecht additional questions when attorneys turned over the witnesses. While the judge attempted to clarify whether Phillips and his “analysts” were or were not claiming to have broken through a password, confusion arose as to the provenance of a Truth Social post written by a supporter and “re-Truthed” by Phillips. The poster claimed Phillips and his analysts used a default password to access Konnech’s data, mimicking Phillips’ earlier language. One of True the Vote’s attorneys — John Kiyonaga, who had already been instructed by the judge not to interrupt proceedings — jumped to his feet to object.

“Excuse me, take your seat and don’t get up again,” Hoyt said to Kiyonaga, who continued to protest.

“You are mischaracterizing her testimony, and that is unfair,” Kiyonaga barked.

“Take your seat,” Hoyt said again.

Engelbrecht, as Phillips had before her, ultimately provided no clarity on the existence of a password.

By the end of the hearing, which had lasted for nearly five hours, Hoyt had lost all patience with True the Vote and its team. “I’ve been asked to make a finding of contempt, and that is my finding,” he said. “They are both in contempt of court.”

The ruling came so swiftly that many of those seated at the defense table did not immediately register a reaction. Then, Engelbrecht took a slow breath. A paralegal, seated at the end of the table, stared at the judge. Kiyonaga looked as though he might erupt. True the Vote’s cohort of 12 then quietly left the courtroom, gathering their binders and bags and regrouping to whisper in the hallway.

The next day, Friday, True the Vote attorney Michael Wynn submitted nearly 30 pages of evidence to the court, which he indicated was an effort by his clients to “purge contempt in advance of the hearing” on Monday. None of the documents identify the unnamed person present in the Dallas hotel room, nor do they more specifically identify Mike Hasson.

Among the documents, however, are screenshots of text messages between Engelbrecht and several people True the Vote claims are FBI agents. Few messages sent by the identified agents mention Konnech, though Engelbrecht repeatedly and directly asks for updates on the company. As a whole, the screenshots do little to bolster True the Vote’s version of events.

One set of text messages are between Engelbrecht and a person the documents identify as a San Antonio-based FBI agent named “Kristina,” though the screenshots list her name as “Kaykay.” They show several largely unsuccessful attempts by Engelbrecht to contact the agent in late September and early October.

On Oct. 12 — exactly one month after Konnech filed suit against True the Vote — Engelbrecht wrote her lengthiest correspondence to Kakyay. “We have been drug into a vicious lawsuit filed against us by Konnech,” she wrote in part, before claiming that she, Phillips and Hasson were “all in danger.”

“We have all been doxxed. It is all over the press,” she said. “Lastly, there is the possibility that I have been poisoned.”







Blessings in Liberty!

Suzanne Guggenheim

Coastal Bend Republican Coalition Chair

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