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. Aaron

    I say let Sarah Palin talk ANYTIME she feels the need. The more words that flow off her tongue reinforce the reality that she is the best weapon that the Democrats have on keeping Americans focused on the real problems at hand.... the issues that Democrats can truly help get our country back on track.

    May 11, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Grahame Rhodes

    Didn't bother to read it

    May 11, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. wronglong

    This from the woman who spent $300,000.00 on wardrobe for herself and her "family" when she ran for vice-president, in the first two weeks of being nominated.

    May 11, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Larry

    The REAL problem is the Republicans. They want us to be all riled up so there are less agents checking our middle class returns while the rich continue to abuse our system. Remember Leona Hemsley? It was she, that super millionaire, who said "Only the little people pay taxes". Most of us work real hard and know a paycheck is lucky to be stretched until the next one comes. The Republicans say "If only we worked harder then we too can have the good life". Then why are the rich geting richer and we get "The shaft"... Palin is the corrupt one. She sold out. After a year or so she resigned the governorship to go on the lecture tour.

    May 11, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Robert

    Well, the IRS has an armed enforcement arm

    May 11, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. neal

    she's REALLY one to talk LOL!!!!.....

    May 11, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Virginia

    The saying goes not mess with the IRS they haunt you down even just for having your personal political view on subject, under such treat who wouldn't vote Democratic at this point just to avoid persecution by the IRS....Shame-Shame-Shame...

    May 11, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. blakenaustin

    Regardless of what you think of Palin, she is absolutely right once again. So much hypocrisy and double standards with the far left.

    May 11, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Paladin Knight

    Sarah Palin wouldn't know corruption if she could see it right from her own backyard!!

    May 11, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Vumba4


    May 11, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. DJ Reality

    To Sarah Palin – Shut the heck up! No one really wants to free your rant and rave. Your a quitter and a fake Your loving friend DJ Reality.

    May 11, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. John

    I cannot believe this woman is still relevant enough that any news agency covers anything she says or does. I suppose this says more about our citizens than it does about this ignorant mouthpiece or the media.

    May 11, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. anton dubinsky

    I knew I wouldn't have to go far down the article to eventually see Obama mentioned. Seems she's go a big hard on for the president.

    May 11, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Jon

    I clicked on this article just to laugh at the comments.

    May 11, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. bill tomey

    SARAH PALIN-go home and make another baby, this time stay off all pills

    May 11, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Mercury

    In short, the Obama bash du jour from Sarah Palin and Right Wing Propaganda, Inc.

    May 11, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. nuntukamen

    Palin is a total loser. What a whiner. Her own Party is who first turned the IRS into an investigating political tool. Who is she trying to kid acting like this is still an issue, or Obamacare for that matter, see GOPcare, Romneycare and BobDolecare for definition.

    May 11, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. wwf

    Seems that the only thing you dam Rep. are interested in is investigating. How about actually passing something that works. Oh, I forgot. silly me. Its not your idea, so you will not vote for it. You fellers are going to get yours come mid term elections.

    May 11, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. buckeyechucke

    I'm with the IRS, you got a ton of anti government subversive T_baggers trying to at advantage of tax breaks meat for
    groups that improve life in this Country not take it back to the depression era.

    May 11, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. laguna_greg

    I'll be so glad when Sarah's twitter account is the only way she can get any attention.

    May 11, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. bill tomey

    sarah palin go home and field dress TODD,instead of field dressing a bear. don't u have anything better to do than play in the wilds of the forbidden ice berg territory,andthen go look out ur window at RUSSIA, HAHAHA,what a joke

    May 11, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Palinator

    Why does anyone care what this woman has to say anymore?
    15 minutes: OVER.

    May 11, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Who painted the picture?

    They keep using the term "targeting." Profiling is the correct term. A technique for increasing your odds of finding a perpetrator. Something the Tea party endorses. Except when they fit the profile.

    May 11, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Dave

    Sarah the conspiracy queen

    May 11, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Press 1 For English

    Sarah you have it right on this one- now back to the salmon stream you go! Loved when Lois Larner- a big cheese @ the IRS- stated during a press conference call that she 'isn't good @ math'! ONLY IN AMERICA!

    May 11, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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