TOTTM, Inc. is in business…
...and this is why that matters for you.
On August 18, 2018, the Secretary of State for the State of Texas sanctioned TOTTM, Inc., in its mission to advocate for whistleblowers through public advocacy and by promoting public awareness of whistleblower retaliation. The IRS followed suit, granting TOTTM, Inc., ("TOTTM", pronounced like 'totem') retroactive tax-exemption status to August 18, 2018.
In short, there is value in the work that we will be doing for whistleblowers and against those who would take overt or covert action against them. This organization was forged in fire, so to speak; founded by a whistleblower for suffered actions against his employment, verbal and physical threats, and ultimately, vandalism and physical assault for his political activities even after leaving the federal civil service.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel,
- Federal whistleblowers saved taxpayers $XXXXXXX.XX in fiscal year 2017 through their disclosures of fraud, waste, and abuse;
- Federal whistleblowers have routinely had disciplinary actions taken against them as a result of their disclosures, including:
- X No. of whistleblowers were demoted in 2017,
- X No. of whistleblowers were transferred in 2017,
- X No. of whistleblowers were suspended in 2017, and
- X No. of whistleblowers were terminated from their positions in 2017;
- The top offending federal agency in 2017 was [Agency name];
- X% of whistleblower reprisal claims result in settlement; and,
- X% of whistleblower reprisal claim settlements included provisions that:
- required whistleblowers to voluntary separate from their positions, and/or
- required whistleblowers to agree never to seek reemployment with that federal agency again.
Based on independent research, X% of whistleblowers have reported ongoing harassment even after settlement and separation. Reports range from harassment by the IRS to recoup the money whistleblowers received in exchange for their positions in order to recoup their agencies’ losses to stalking, physical violence, vandalisms to their personal property, hacking of their personally-owned computer equipment, etc.
Conspiracies are not just fiction novel plots.
The Patriot Act, which was signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush, has filled the airwaves and news presses ever since. This uproar would be exacerbated by the disclosures about the U.S.-U.K. cooperative to collect massive amounts of internet communications indiscriminately known as PRISM, a program disclosed by former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. While President Barack H. Obama did erode away at some of the most intrusive of the Patriot Act’s provisions—e.g., the USA Freedom Act, signed into law in 2015, ended the bulk collection of civil telephone communications data, requiring more court oversight of such covert actions, and providing for public advocates in the process—the bulk remains in tact.
Indeed 18 U.S.C. § 241 states:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death. Its start coming from a 1909 law regarding voter rights, the law has been amended four times, most recently in 1996, to clarify its scope. Laws are amended when there is a need; here, it would appear, there were several needs to protect citizens from conspiratorial activities. That is to say that, conspiracies are not just in the movies, there are a genuine and often litigated acts. And the word “persons” in 18 U.S.C. § 241 includes federal, state, and local governmental officials.
TOTTM is there for you.
TOTTM was formed in 2018 to protect whistleblowers from reprisal and retaliation for their protected activities.