Martha Boneta. Do you know the name? Maybe you will remember.
Martha owns a farm in Fauquier County, VA, an area best known as a bedroom community for the District of Columbia. Martha might just be one of the linchpins that tie together several of the current Administration’s violations of our constitutionally guaranteed protections. (See Amendment IV).
Martha made the mistake of wanting to sell fruits and vegetables grown on her little farm. Of course her entrepreneurial spirit was in contrast to the existing mindset among her neighboring government employees. So they established a “Piedmont Environmental Council” to rezone her property, and then threatened to sue her for being in violation of their newly enacted regulations.
But they picked on the wrong person. Martha retaliated by persuading the Virginia General Assembly to introduce the Right to Farm Act, also known as “The Boneta Bill.” It passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 77-22 margin last February, but as usual got bottled up in the politically divided Senate. So what happened next? Martha got audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Twice. Imagine that!
However, let’s jump back a step. Who was the driving force in the Piedmont Environmental Council? Why it was our old friend, Peggy Richardson! Ms. Richardson served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the Clinton administration. She headed Clinton’s alleged abuse of the power of the IRS, and was either forced to resign, or was designated as Clinton’s sacrificial lamb. Either way, there was never any accountability or prosecution.
Now the connections get a little more interesting. Margaret Milner “Peggy” Richardson is a partner in the Washington law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Guess who else is a member of that same law firm? Lois Lerner, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, who took the Fifth before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during their investigation of the IRS harassment of Conservative organizations seeking 501(c)(4) taxation exemption. And in addition, Ms. Lerner’s husband is also a partner in that same law firm, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
Hmmm. Richardson told TheWatchdog.org that it might be difficult for people familiar with the Boneta case to believe the IRS audits were a mere coincidence, but that it is “likely to be the case.”
Sure it is, Ms. Richardson. Sure it is. And if you are interested, I just happen to have this nice bridge up in New York City that I would like to sell.