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. Markus Withakaye

    Who is this woman, and why is she allowed to speak for money?

    May 11, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Jmgest@optonline.net

    funny that a woman who resigned her governorship due to a corruption investigation makes these comments. Those in glass houses!

    May 11, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. jon

    As long as citizens have the right to bear arms they can fight. That is exactly what it is there for. Thought Palin understood the second amendment lol.

    May 11, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Bob

    How is this half-term person still news?

    May 11, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. HJC

    Chilling, creepy. Forget your politics, every American should be outraged about this.

    May 11, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Floyd from Illinois

    Yeah, corruption.

    And what was it when the governor of Alaska grubbed two-handed for every penny of Federal money to build the approach roads for the bridge to nowhere – and when the bridge was cancelled, kept the money?

    May 11, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. JD

    Corruption? Caribou Barbie would know. While campaigning for Veep, she regularly trumpeted the notion that unlike previous Alaska Governors, she was never in bed with Big Oil – of course, prior to joining McCain, Todd Palin quietly resigned his position on the Board of BP Alaska and took a demotion to "field supervisor". And while Mayor of Wasilla, she attempted to strong-arm the local library into removing a whole list of books that offended her evangelical Christian sensibilities. Not to mention that after only half a term, she left Wasilla – a town of 7800 and which had a substantial budget surplus when she took office – over $1mil in debt. But what does anyone really expect from a provincial beuaty pageant runner-up and poor-to-mediocre journalism major?

    May 11, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Ed F.

    Does she even pay taxes?

    May 11, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. jrc0623

    The comments on here are more enlightening than the article. Divided straight down politcal lines. Apparently it is OK for the IRS to single out who they will harass and who they will not. Is that really your stance people? Its OK unless your group is the next to be targeted. Either these groups qualify or they dont but the IRS choosing which groups they choose to give extra attention to, delay or harass is never OK, nor should it be condoned from wither side of the aisle.

    May 11, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. mhub

    This is a non-issue. The IRS SHOULD look more closely at people who complain about taxes. Targeting? yes! But this isn't racial profiling. Greed knows no racial bias. Thanks, IRS!

    May 11, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. GoodnessPeople

    Truth is, if they were able to do it to them, their able to do it to ALL of us! That in itself should be
    Enough to make people take the hate/partisan blinders off!

    May 11, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Jimh77

    Our Government has been over taken by overzealous pigs. When the revolution begins? Chose carefully.

    May 11, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Jordan Boudway

    So her complaint is that they were too careful about giving tax exempt status? That seems like the opposite of corruption.

    May 11, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. HarveyY

    Why is anyone still paying attention to Sarah Palin?

    May 11, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Dan

    Oh shut your trap, Caribou Barbie.

    Corruption? Really? You quit on the people of Alaska, make a fortune telling lies of FOX. Put out a book (someone else , who actually knew how to write, wrote it) and got rich off of your failure to become VP. And you have the gall to call the IRS corrupt? THe IRS scrutinized people that wanted tax-exempt status. Tea Party folk are famous for not paying taxes. I'd scrutinize them, too.

    May 11, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    If there is ANYONE who knows corruption...well , we've heard from an expert...

    May 11, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Margaret

    I didn't know the tea parties were legitimate parties, I don't think any of them can get on the ballot in any state, could be wrong. Don't they have to register or something. Actually the IRS should be questioning whether some made up group is a church or a political party. Just go away Sarah, you are annoying.

    May 11, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. CS Madison

    Oddly enough when the gubmunt is looking into groups these ultracon's don't like they tend to pipe up with "If you're not doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear." Now that the shoe is on the other foot it is a big conspiracy.

    May 11, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Joe The Plumber

    Please go away hateful lady.

    May 11, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. ellid

    We are so very, very, very lucky that this woman did not become our Vice President.

    May 11, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Paul Williamson

    Sarah, please engage your brain (that little pea inside your thick skull) before open your mouth.

    May 11, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. Mary

    Yeah. the word "Corruption" is one that she should definitely be familiar with, although I doubt she can actually spell it.

    May 11, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Taxmanners

    Palin is a hack, a joke told once too often. Her 15 minutes of fame has long passed. As far as the IRS, until all of the facts are in nobody should be fired. All tax exempt organizations should be thoroughly scrutinized. How many fake charities already exist? How many phony foundations that are only there to serve as tax shelters? If it appears to an IRS worker that an organization has an obvious non-charitable agenda then they are doing their jobs. If they send you a letter asking for more information I'd suggest that you should reply. If your a legitimate organization then you don't have anything to hide do you? This sounds more like a criminal complaining about being caught by the cops.

    Corruption at the heart of government? Give me a break! The IRS has been overhauled and over scrutinized. It's so easy to take shots at an unpopular federal agency that Palin's remarks are at best disingenuous and at best a lame attempt to remain in the public spot light.

    May 11, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. ANNIER

    When the new on the Ohio deviant Ariel Castro broke, heard Sarah commented that she was just glad he was no longer ruling Cuba! Oh, how many more pearls of wisdom will she spout? Hasn't she heard her 15 minutes is over? An irrelevant, embarrassingly stupid incompetent.

    May 11, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Peter

    Look. She's reading from a teleprompter!

    Make note of this, please, for future reference.

    May 11, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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