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. Seattle Sue

    Palin is always blasting something. I surprised she has time to blast wolves from helicopters.

    May 11, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. russ el

    yada yada yada

    May 11, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. J alee Name

    Whatever happened to her daughter. That story would be more interesting than this.

    May 11, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. Scott

    Dear Leader has now sunk down to the level of Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon. Nixon also used the U. S. Gestapo (a.k.a. IRS) as its personal goon squad.


    May 11, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Wallaceboy

    One more example of this admin's political focus. What about focus on me as a tax paying, vet, law focused citizen? Do I even count with these people?

    May 11, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. 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 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Just Joe

    Why anyone listens to her still baffles me. Still trying to make something out of nothing.

    May 11, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Charles

    Sarah, just shut up.

    May 11, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. MetroMike

    Sarah honey, no one really cares what stirs your small mind. But it does keep the uninformed engaged, so kudos for that.

    May 11, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. Fred

    Yes yes! Al last a real issue that I can jump on! Woof Woof Woof!

    May 11, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. anand

    who CARES! this isnt news – just more SNOOOOZZZEEEE talk!

    May 11, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. DJL

    Hey, Sarah, why did you resign as governor after just 2 years??? Oh, right ... corruption.

    May 11, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Thomas

    If GW Bush had picked Palin as VP , we would be free of household odors !

    May 11, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. dmwinsd

    Good ol' Palin, sort of like a sunspot. Appears out of nowhere, gives off a violent blast, disappears. Nothing we can do about it except just go on about our lives.

    May 11, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. max powers

    Every time plain opens her mouth, the collective IQ of the U.S. goes down.

    May 11, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Belseth

    These are groups that are likely doing this as a tax dodge given their stanches on government and taxes so it was their job to look closely at them. If it had been liberal groups I'm sure Palin wouldn't have seen the problem.

    May 11, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. johnh1625

    Never dreamed I'd hear this many people defend the IRS.

    May 11, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. Mack

    Good. Why should I have to pay taxes and they don't? Start taxing churches too while you're at it.

    May 11, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. Bhaadu

    One word.....IRONICAL.

    May 11, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. nru

    I did not know that she was still relevant

    May 11, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. Andrew

    And ruining the commitees of Congress and their processes wasn't?

    May 11, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. smithdp

    Did she really say something about a lack of obligation to the people the government are supposed to serve? This from the women who when elected to serve her state of Alaska decided to um, quit half way through the job she had been entrusted with. Just wow.

    May 11, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. JOE B

    Truth is the Republican Party is even more out of control than our government. Candidates are taking in money from sources no one knows and not abiding by the citizens wishes when they get in office. Instead they listen to the very rich only.

    May 11, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. Kss

    Palin who?

    May 11, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. It's simple, really

    Holy carp! Sarah Palin's still around?

    May 11, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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