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. Rick McDaniel

    It shows political partisanship, is totally out of control.

    May 11, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Texasmike

    I think being in constant in campaign donation mode but never actually running has Sarah is feeling a little heat?

    May 11, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. mark

    cia may be big brother but IRS is big daddy...so it is with any nation and it will not change.

    May 11, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Rob

    Who's Palin?

    May 11, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. pondfish

    Is this Palin's attemp to show something for a 2016 run? Lol, this is soooo sad.

    May 11, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Lee

    OK. Who lifted the rock over top of where Palin had crawled under? Whoever did this, please put it back where it was.

    May 11, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. lightseeker

    Ask Wesley Snipes what he thinks about the IRS along with millions of others. You don't stand a chance against them.

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

    Regardless of your opinion of the IRS or The cureent US Congress , I ask why would anyoe of normal intelligence care what a know nothing, do nothing, hypocritical person like Sara Palin has to say. She is about as relevant to society as Lindsey Lohan.

    May 11, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. IvotedforObama

    Oh the outrage. Now let's talk about how the GOP got outraged over Bush ruining the economy and killing off 4500 American Soldiers in Iraq.

    May 11, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. winchester74

    I cant' figure out which is worse – the news that anyone is still listening to Sarah Palin – or the news that Texas is being invaded by giant snails.

    May 11, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. buongiorno

    your all just as much an IDIOTas Sarah Palin is and actually A BIGGER IDIOT

    May 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Dan

    Who cares what Palin thinks!

    May 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. georgezeller

    so what Sarah

    May 11, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Paul

    Why would any team party group be a charity?! I would flag them, too. They exist only to be political. And they're idiots.

    May 11, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. william

    I am sure someone more intelligent than her has something to say on the issue. I didn't read the article and this will be the last time I ever 'click' on something involving 'that woman'.

    May 11, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. abolish

    Both the IRA and the Federal Reserve need abolished. One of the founding principles of this nation was against taxes.

    If you are reading this, you are the resistance.

    May 11, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. spudnik56

    The woman is an idiot...period.

    May 11, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Russ

    Sarah, please just go away. Nobody and I mean nobody cares what you think about anything. Fact of the matter is you don't think, you just spout at the mouth. You're a has been!!! Your political career was over before it even started.

    May 11, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. adam

    Sarah, wait till they get to scrutinize your income, then will know if they are corupt or not

    May 11, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Peter Szymonik

    The corruption at the IRS is nothing in comparison to the corruption in many states "family court"" systems.

    May 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. kg

    Who was Lerner appointed by? Good investigative reporting would dig into potential motivations behind this. Oh, I almost forgot. This is CNN, the news outlet that had Obama plastered all over its home page for most of 2012.

    May 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. fanny May

    She can not even count past 2 and she is judging the IRS – Let the who has not sinned be the first to cast a stone.

    May 11, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. mark ducharme

    we all have people who make us want to puke. Mine just happens to be our current president.

    May 11, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. RKN

    Political organizations and groups that lobby elected officials are NOT tax exempt.
    IF the IRS sees an application that has any political label or suggests a possible affiliation IT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED so that it does not get a tax exempt status it does not deserve. If the IRS had not done this they would not have been doing their job.

    During the 8 years of GWB there were several embassy bombings.
    There were a total of 60 people killed in those bombings.
    Where was the outrage then?
    Did Palin speak up? Did Any republican speak up or demand an accounting for those disasters?

    May 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. JJ

    Ever notice that Sarah Palin is nothing more than an opportunist with nothing to add except acrimony?

    May 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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