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. nick

    Once again, Sarah Palin spouts off like she's an expert at something...

    May 11, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. David Fite

    go back to cheerleading, sarah. something ur good at

    May 11, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Tenie

    While I agree with her it nauseates me that you give attention to this yammering sphincter.

    May 11, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. JCS

    The IRS could be openly eating unborn fetuses, but when Sarah Palin talks about it all anyone can hear is "waaaa waaa waaaa waaaaa.....mama grizzly bear...". Except for the morons at her intelligence level who grasp every word like children listening to Santa tell them a story.

    May 11, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. bspurloc

    HI I am openly against gubbermint so I hope no one checks to make sure I arent doing nuttin illegal like....

    May 11, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Palin Screeches On

    For groups that hate people on welfare some of these people definitely want tax breaks for themselves. They should be looked at closely.

    Palin's another story altogether. Is the woman on something?

    May 11, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. bob marks

    Goodness – I must have stumbled on a Democrat site. Lot of inane comments wanting to shoot the messenger. Thank goodness for Sarah Palin. She gives you half wits something to do with your hands besides play with yourselves.

    May 11, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Danlien

    If I were the I.R.S, I would single those Republican groups out for audits too. Especially the "Tea Party". After all, they are the ones that are putting these huge glowing neon signs on their heads saying "no taxes, no government, no rules"...... At least for the rich.

    May 11, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Mark Brunette

    Is Ms. Palin a factor in anything anymore? I can see New York from here (WisconsinI

    May 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. David

    She is right. Government corruption should scrutinized and the corruptors forced to resign. Just like her.

    May 11, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Jeffro211

    Never miss an opportunity to interject yourself into a self serving, self promoting opportunity, ay palin?

    May 11, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. arawak

    Sara Palin believes the IRS is shucking and jiving. Where did she learn that language? Glenn Rice

    May 11, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Russ

    Palin is reckless and inflammatory in her use of language. She tries to make a complex issue into a sound bite. She's calling the US government corrupt! She doesn't even know what true corruption is. The IRS made a mistake but a very understandable one. The tea party types are anti-government and don't like taxes, they've said so on many occasions. They'd be the ones I went after if i was in charge.

    May 11, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Mike

    Sarah Is like that 26 year old who hangs out in the high school parking lot.

    May 11, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. citizen

    So there was extra scrutiny... and this resulted in what violation of rights? Were the conservative applications denied at a rate greater than the average? Was there real harm done? Where is the rest of the story? What does extra scrutiny mean?

    BTW.. Just a hint... if you name your group after a famous tax revolt I think you can expect a little IRS scrutiny!

    May 11, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Newt Gingrich

    These right-wing nuts want to have it both ways.

    They want more border security, immigration enforcement, and embassy security.

    Then they say they want less gov't too, with less taxes.

    May 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Conrad Baer

    Wasn't it Sarah Palin who criticized President Obama for his use of a teleprompter? What do I see at Palin's Podium?

    May 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Frank

    This is the second Watergate. Hope public see the same group who used IRS for their advantage against political parties, also use Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) against physicians with the name of "fraud, repayment". The reason was to weaken the physicians political power and separate them to wean the Affordable care act. All just for political reason.

    May 11, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Terry

    Lets not forget that this is coming from the dumbest person to ever run for national office. Dan Quayle is so happy that she is around. He lost the tiltle in 2008, Look up stupid in the dictionary and you will see a description of Sarah Palin.

    May 11, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Stan the Man

    This coming from one of the corrupt governors Alaska has ever seen. The Palin's are the Soprano's of the state.

    May 11, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Name zee

    I wonder if she knows where I R S is

    May 11, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Barry from Wisconsin

    Why would anyone care what "Caribou Barbie" thinks about anything. It is high time that this idiot is ignored by the media.

    May 11, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Maa

    Wait I thought Palin went back to being a bear with lipstick in the Alaskan woods. Didn't know they had audiences in the woods.

    May 11, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. roooodi

    she looks fat

    May 11, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. EastCoastMike

    Is this woman so delusional as to believe that anyone takes her seriously?

    May 11, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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