Extra IRS scrutiny on conservative applications shows 'corruption,' Palin says
May 11th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Extra IRS scrutiny on conservative applications shows 'corruption,' Palin says

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said the Internal Revenue Service's recent scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status is a sign of "corruption at the heart of big government" in Washington.

"So many Americans knew this was happening, but many felt defenseless and even helpless against a government that seems to roll along without accountability or sense of obligation to the people it's supposed to serve. These Americans were mocked for being concerned about this, but now we see light shining on the truth, finally," she wrote in an online posting shortly after the IRS acknowledged it made "mistakes" in handling the applications of tea party groups.

More: Following tea party complaints, IRS admits 'mistakes'

Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, said 75 applications were singled out between 2010 and 2012 for extended review because the words "tea party" and "patriot" were included in the groups' names. Those applications were part of approximately 300 which received additional scrutiny during that time.

"Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare," she wrote. "And this same inept and corrupt government will supposedly secure our now unsecured borders in advance of immigration reform and will implement a completely ethical and non-political IPAB panel to make life and death health care decisions for you and your family. Forgive me for not trusting these big government promises any more than I trust the White House's latest Benghazi spin or the IRS' fairness."

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, further wrote, "I'm sure President Obama is grateful for all the help the IRS gave his reelection campaign, but, still, you have to wonder how the bureaucrats who tried to pull this off can sleep at night."

She called for "accountability and a full investigation" as well as a special committee to look into the Benghazi, Libya, attack last September.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Ashley Killough contributed to this report

Filed under: IRS • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
soundoff (924 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings – but there's a little bit, or some type of "corruption" in every form of Gov't – guess she isn't smart enough to know that – It's human nature – that's the way it is, and probably will always be – there was "corruption" when Adam & Eve was created –

    May 11, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. JeffersonLives

    I am no fan of Palin's, but the IRS is way out of line by targeting people based on political identification. We should abolish the IRS tomorrow. End of story

    May 11, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Extra supervision of groups who have publicly stated their objection to paying a fair share of the tax burden is a good idea. Radical conservative organizations work hard to obstruct all progress in America and tax fraud should be expected from them. When your only goal is to promote lies, distortions and unfounded conspiracies you should expect to be examined more closely – like any subversive radicals.

    May 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Denny

    Odd. I thought she was the 2008 vp candidate.

    May 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. jcvet33

    I feel like I live in the old Soviet Union now.

    May 11, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. jcvet33

    I feel like we live in the old Soviet Union now.

    May 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Teller

    Dear God could you please just take this poor soul. She contributes nothing to society

    May 11, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Mike

    Sarah needs to go away and go back under the tundra from which she emerged in 2008.

    May 11, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Wyckette

    Wouldn't it be a nice change to hear Sarah Palin propose an original idea of her own? Maybe something that would bring relief to those burden by these economic times, or how she thinks things can be changed in Washington for the better. All I ever hear from her is criticism. of course, if she had an original idea she wouldn't stay around long enough to see it through anyway. How much does she get paid to make these annoying appearances?

    May 11, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Chris

    Is she still talking?? Why is this even news ? Politicians want tax exempt status and the IRS dragged its feet on it. BIG DEAL !!! LEt them pay taxes like eveyone else does. I thogh Palin went away years ago

    May 11, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. tom tac

    Um, "Palin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, .." ?
    That was Paul Ryan.
    Sarah Palin ran in 2008.

    May 11, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. really

    why is this woman, who abandoned her post as governor and single handedly lost the election for republicans in 2008, still relevant. stop giving her money. stop giving her airtime. just stop...

    May 11, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Shane

    IRS is corrupt for auditing your tax cheating organization? Ok.

    May 11, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Spendlove

    Mama Grizz is gettin old, literally...

    May 11, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. James

    This is going to be good. The IRS has always been un-answerable to anybody about anything. If only they would loose that cloak of being untouchable it would make my day, week, month, year and lifetime–

    May 11, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Pelue Ontiy

    It's hard to feel sympathetic to a position that maintains one group of cheaters has more rights than another.

    May 11, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. mack

    Political organizations do not qualify for tax exempt status. I wish they did, so I could write off all the contributions I make to liberal ones. When you put Tea Party in your name it should raise a red flag. None of the applications were denied, but I would be some of the should have been.

    May 11, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Guest

    Obama is running the country just like Hitler.

    May 11, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Smeagel4T

    Still trying to figure out why Tea Partiers think they should qualify as "social welfare" groups when they don't believe in "social welfare".

    May 11, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Dick LaTrick

    I'd like to blast Palin and not in a good way, I just ate some bad McDonalds and I think she should wear it.

    May 11, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Patines

    Hey, how do you sleep at night?

    May 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Palin was not the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate as written in the story. That was Paul Ryan. She was the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.

    May 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. southexas

    What does Palin know about corruption ? She's still trying to make a name of yourself.which is a joke.. Go away Palin and play with your Alaskan bears and stay there....

    May 11, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Larry

    Sure thing Sarah, we have a ton of money to spend on a waste of time investigation of an Embassy attack and even more money to waste investigating the IRS for the tea party. Wait, I thought you were in favor of cutting govt spending? Like embassy security funding? Like the IRS?

    May 11, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. R.Merrell

    Who would ever pay attention to this shrill, hyper-partisan, uninformed person? She has no credibility. Continuously shouting from way up in the bleacher seats, she's like a fanatical sports fan – makes a lot of noise that means nothing to the real players and has absolutely nothing to contribute to the game. She's the ultimate sore loser.

    May 11, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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