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. MommaBear

    If you did not pay taxes than you gave up your right to complain how it is spent, because it is no longer your money.

    May 11, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. joan

    I believe Obama has criticized the IRS for this "error" and has nothing to do with it. Palin is so stupid that she even blames him for this. The woman is utterly clueless.

    May 11, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Nate

    why do you keep this woman in the headlines??

    May 11, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Thom

    nice belt... that's about it

    May 11, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Craig Adams md

    Plain is a clown.

    May 11, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Frank

    Who cares what this has-been thinks? She quit her last elected position and she got laid off from Fox. Is the remainder of her career going to consist of trying to dupe the political units of various news outlets to run pictures of her standing in empty auditoriums rehearsing speeches in a tee-shirt?

    Oh well, at least all these calls for investigations will finally stir up some interest in an investigation into Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld and where all those billions of unaccounted-for dollars in the tons of cash shipped on pallets to Iraq went.

    May 11, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. jsilver2th

    Say Sarah still does not get it- If Obama was looking for political gain he would do everything possible to encourage the "Tea Party' because the "Tea Party" and Sarah Palin did way more help that harm to Obama and the Democrats.

    May 11, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. J. M. Brouillette

    As a proud IRS employee (and retired Naval officer), my primary mission is to fund freedom. 99.9999% of us at the IRS are good and faithful servants of the people...

    May 11, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. w5cdt

    What about Republican corruption ...

    May 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Palin you couldn't finish out a full term as Governor you sick hillbilly...shut up and go back to raising your Grand kids

    May 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. whitepine

    Maybe if these groups weren't so negative and preaching hate towards our government, they won't be investigated. Palin like the others haven't anything good to say. They are un-American and not patriotic. Americans have to quit complaining and being stupid. We are America. If we want a strong and happy country, we have to act like one and vote for politicians who care. Palin doesn't care. She quit her government job because it was too hard!!!

    May 11, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. patty fraser

    Sarah go back to Alaska we got this don't need your help thanks take your plastic surgery face back to Alaska

    May 11, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Kate

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah can you not just quietly fade away?? Be grateful for your moment in the limelight - it was way more than you deserved. You embarrass yourself each and every time you open your mouth. The only ones paying attention are the laughing hyenas who are able to pull themselves away from Faux "News" for a minute. GO AWAY!

    May 11, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. PolarBearSlippers

    Oh shut up Sarah. The only thing you blast is hot air. Let the real politicians and the people fix this issue. You have proven yourself incompetent in nearly all things.

    -An Alaskan citizen who thinks you have always been a shame to the state and the country.

    May 11, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. truthbtolledude

    well, she ought to know about corruption. it's her whole annoying life. please, no more stories about this never was. it makes me wish I never learned to read.

    May 11, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. truthbtolledude

    palin? as in 'beyond the.....? please stop with her already.

    May 11, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. See Enn Enn

    You go, Sarah, girl.
    Oh by the way, girl,
    you didn't convert anyone
    new to voting Republican.
    You just keep giving hard-cores
    more of what they're addicted to...

    May 11, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. LL

    Man, is Sarah Palin looking rough these days. Rode hard & put out to dry.

    May 11, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. Ech

    That woman comes across as dumber every time she speaks.

    May 11, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. TomNPitt

    Who is this broad to "demand" anything? Who is she? An Alaska housewife! That's all. And it's by her own choice that she's nobody. She's mad at the IRS because she doesn't believe in anyone paying taxes, unless it's taxes being paid to her and the rest of the citizens of her welfare state. If not for oil – it's all about hunting and fishing. And there's plenty of other states with easier access for that. And again, her anger that Obama beat her and McCain, then turned around with everything against him, including more money than the Catholic Church , and he crushed the rich guy!! That drives her out of her tree – with her monkey!!

    May 11, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. preston

    Start with the elimination of positions for Obama care.

    May 11, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. ptw

    Obviously profiling is unacceptable when it's the white folks getting targeted, huh?

    May 11, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. Bubba Ray

    Tea Party groups claiming to be providers of social services? That itself should raise a red flag. Since when does the Tea Party believe in social services? That would be socialism, dontcha know.

    May 11, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. Steve

    Wow, this is amazing. Didn't know Palin was still alive, much less relevant enough to write an article about.

    May 11, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Freedom Storm

    I've known a number of IRS employees in my life, and all have been good people. Unfortunately, years ago, I began to realize that they would one day become fund raisers for tyranny. Now it appears much worse. Now it appears all to similar to tyranny's gestapo.

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