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. labman57

    Sarah Snarkmeister once again emerges from under her rock and presents a series of petty, superficial analyses via her ghostwritten Facebook page.

    May 11, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Veeblefester

    Palin blasts corruption? Are you kidding me? Pot and the kettle don't you think Sarah? During the run up to the Iraq war I recall the IRS threatening to revoke the non-profit status of a church in L.A.for preaching that Jesus was the "Prince of Peace". I don't recall anyone from the Christian Right protesting that.

    May 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. allenwoll

    Who "palin" ?

    May 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. scott

    gov run and hide knows a little something something about government corruption....afterall she tried to get her brother-in-law fired from the Alaska state police cause he divorced her sister

    May 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Homer10

    Could these right wing organizations be used to launder money given to the organization, and serripticiously given back? This would amount to an illegal tax shelter. Yeah, the IRS had better check these organization out real good. All of them have seriously b!tched about taxes, and could try to pull something like that.

    May 11, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Marc

    I thought she was at the NRA rally last week and put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. Ha ha we wish she would, ASAP.

    May 11, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. reader10

    Nobody go to jail for this.They just retire with a big pension.

    May 11, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Galaxy

    Blast baby .. blast... one thing the GOP does so well. Correction: the only thing GOP is good at.

    May 11, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Ray

    Will She be next target?

    May 11, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Justice

    Palin should know all about corrupt state governments. Just ask her husband and his employer.

    May 11, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. snoozie

    Oh, Mark Ducharma! Free speech is not just for the left, it is for everyone. But, it seems many conservatives misunderstand free speech to mean "free from having to hear anyone disagree with what is said". In fact, everyone is free to make their statements, AND everyone is free to make negative comments in return.

    May 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Matt Mattson

    Palin is right this time – the IRS was clearly put on a political mission. The question is who put them on it?

    May 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Michael Hobart

    This seems to be a chronic problem in every administration, no matter who is president, and is wrong in all cases.

    May 11, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. sick and tired of being sick and tired

    Who is Sarah Palin? Oh yeah, that woman who served half a term as Alaskan governor before quitting. On what grounds does she "call for" anything within the government?

    May 11, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Olavetta

    Teleprompters? Palindrone uses teleprompters? Hypocrisy in the first degree–as if she has a moral compass. How long does this person get a voice?

    She was not the vice presidential candidate. She was the candidate for vice president. There isn't a vice presidential bone in her body.

    May 11, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Gaff

    This lady is crazy. Bat hits crazy.

    May 11, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Don

    Palin is such an IDIOT.

    May 11, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Bryce

    Sarah Palin should be hanged.

    May 11, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. allenwoll

    Any one who expresses a favorable opinion of Sarah should be subjected to a stringent background check !

    May 11, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. us_1776

    Yes, TP wingnuts.

    It just had to be some conspiracy theory.

    The whole world is out to get you TP idiots, you know.


    May 11, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. harrisonhits2

    Palin has the IQ of a piece of wood and is irrelevant .

    That said, the IRS slams interest and penalties on at a rate that is illegal for any business to do so at. While corporations like GE get away with paying ZERO taxes in this country as they reap massive profits from it, the IRS largely targets individuals and will strangle you to death while shaking every last penny out of your accounts and pay.

    May 11, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. ronjayaz

    Rich conservatives like Palin hate to pay taxes, esp. during a Democratic admin. Just another example of the Republicanters wanted to strangle any kind of effectiveness to govern. I keep hearing "impeachment" talk based on incompetency, It's almost treasonous. Will the electorate remain as sharp in 2014 as it was in 2012?

    May 11, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Kelcy

    The IRS should audit all of these groups regardless of party. And while they are at it they should be auditing all the churches.

    I hate all these groups that claim tax exemptions who do not in any, way, shape or form really qualify for them

    And Sarah.....how does this compare to the republicans working so hard to prevent non-wasps from voting.

    May 11, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. Michael

    Sarah. You are an idiot.
    Everyone I met in A lake laughed at your name when I was there.
    Why is that?

    May 11, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. Mr. T. Bag

    The main objective of the Tea Party is to eliminate taxes. (for themselves, not the rest of us)
    Of course they will try any trick in the book to avoid paying taxes, like REAL PATRIOTS proudly do!
    The IRS was RIGHT to question these greedy Domestic Terrorists.

    May 11, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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