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. gecul

    Tax exempt status does not allow exemptee to engage in partisan political endeavors. So, it makes perfect sense that applications containing the names of political parties would make sense. If Palin could read she would know this.

    May 11, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. jk

    Hasn't this mouth piece used up her 15 minutes of fame yet? Agree or disagree with her, she has no credibility as being intelligent and the press needs to take the microphone out of her reach and stop promoting her as a viable politician. McCain screwed up when he allowed her to be chosen,, maybe he can make her go away????? One can only hope!

    May 11, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Brilliancy2014

    There has to be a way to make sure that those mullah enemy will protect gay people.;

    May 11, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. bro

    For once she said something right, and the IRS is the biggest mafia on the planet, there should be major changes in it to help us all but will never happen to much control

    May 11, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. penguin

    A Republican calling the IRS corrupt is like the pot calling the kettle black. I agree that the IRS should NOT scrutinize tea party affiliates more than others, but my gripe isn't that the IRS scrutinized the tea party applicants more but that they didn't scrutinize the other applicants to the same extent. Of course, the ideal solution would be to eliminate tax exemptions for all organizations.

    May 11, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. NamePaul

    U crazy Americans see conspiracy behind every tree and grassy knoll so get over it! The Tea Party is a bunch of right wing misfits whom try to hide behind the free speech banner when all it is a a con job for that too Palin. Really boys, was she the BEST ya had to run for VP?hahhah
    So owned....

    May 11, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Robert Stange

    Who cares what Sarah P. thinks. She is a waste of copy. She was and is a has-been.

    May 11, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. E.J. Dowd

    Sarah who?

    May 11, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Chuck

    This administration is destroying America there is no doubt.

    May 11, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. GetFiddleMan

    Sarah Palin is a Fox-fired pundit who has failed at American politics, but continues to be an attractive female entertainer. Although uneducated about anything below superficial shout-outs, she continues to draw attention to herself. Ya gotta give it to her for that. One one with an ounce of intelligence would take anything she says seriously.

    May 11, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Bill FFX

    Sarah my dear, you've already had your 15 minutes of fame. You, like Icarus, have flown too close to the sun. Your wax has melted and you are plummeting into the sea. Every time you open your mouth, the speed of your descent increases. I'm not cheering for this outcome, but I do find it unpleasant to watch.

    May 11, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Susyn- Feel better now?

    May 11, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Jeb

    Palin continues to inspire m orons everywhere.

    May 11, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Midiman

    How can anyone, Palin included... Palin especially, pretend to be shocked by corruption in the IRS. There is no aspect of any political branch or single politician which doesn't stink.

    May 11, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Ron

    They IRS workers involved should be fired and I am sure a crime was committed and the should be charged. This is your new liberalism? This is your progessive? Left wing treason.

    May 11, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Mike

    Not a big Palin fan, but she's 100% right on this one.

    The Clintons used the IRS to punish their political enemies regularly. It was difficult to prove, but anytime someone spoke out against them, BLAM – they were getting audited. Finally there is hard evidence of abuse of power, and it almost certainly runs much deeper than merely the targeting of tea partiers by "low level" worker.

    Scary that this same group will be enforcing Obamacare!

    May 11, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Parah Salin

    Why do I care what this insignificant nobody thinks?

    May 11, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. Doug Sheppard

    Why does this dingbat continue to get an audience? Does she do favors?

    May 11, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. vincent

    Hey Sarah what about the coverup in Libya?? That should last for another 2 years.

    May 11, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. MrManhattan

    I think it would be more appropriate for the FBI to be investigating these treasonous "patriot" groups.

    May 11, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Bobby

    Would someone please just shoot this poor woman and take us out of our misery! Sarah Palin is nothing but hair, lips and breasts! When will she understand that?

    May 11, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. HarvardLaw92

    Perhaps she should be asking why political organizations are getting a tax exemption that is supposed to be reserved for social welfare organizations.

    May 11, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. twalk

    republycons and teabaggers scream like little girls when it affect them, HOWEVER, when it is another party they don't have an issue.

    May 11, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  24. vlad from massachussetts

    And we dare to lecture those SOBs in Russia about politically motivated "justicen Russia!!
    We lost our face and our country...

    May 11, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. Todd

    And we should care what Sarah Palin thinks because?

    May 11, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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