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. El Lobo

    wow she still around who knew.

    May 11, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Bad_Dog

    Really? Is Palin even still alive? And if so, why is she relevant?
    Oh, that's right, she's not.

    Sarah -> Your "fifteen minutes," which lasted about 3 minutes at best
    are OVER. You go girl!...No!...I mean it,...You go somewhere else.

    May 11, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. marty in MA

    Palin? How about someone important 🙂

    No more Palin reports, please!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. boyblue122

    Yes, the IRS is corrupt. Why is Sarah Palin commenting on the issue though? To make herself relevant again?

    May 11, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Loathstheright

    Well, after all, the tea party toadies are anti-american terrorists and should be examined closely.

    May 11, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    It's really too bad the media, in reporting this story, doesn't mention in the headline for those who read no further, that the scrutiny involved request for tax exempt status by Tea Party groups claiming to be providers of social services – not political parties. their aim is to avoid disclosure of donors names.

    Of course – that is far too complex for most reporters or editorial assistants, so....

    May 11, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Palin blasting off her mouth again ?

    May 11, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. John from Brooklyn

    What? She'd expect the American Nazi Party to get fast-tracked to tax-exempt status. Well...umm...yeah, she probably would.

    May 11, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Bootstomper

    Blah,Blah,Blah. I thought she was going to be the next judge on American idol.

    May 11, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Independent from NH

    1.) She was the vice presidential candidate from 2008, not 2012.

    2.) She is just as obnoxious now as she was then.

    3.) She throws out red meat but never, EVER offers solutions of any kind. She just likes to rile people up and keep her name in the news hoping that, potentially, she will stay relevant and continue to make money via long-winded speeches of anti-government agendas.

    4.) If she is so anti-government, if she is so hateful of the president, Washington and everything it encompasses, if she is so indignant about the lamestream media then why not go back to Alaska and stay there? Get out of the limelight?

    Answer to #4: Money and greed. She is as corrupt (if not more taking into account the over 100 ethics violations against her in Alaska as governor) as the people she accuses of being corrupt and now that she is a private citizen she does so only to further her own income. It goes to show that white trash can live at any level of the socioeconomic ladder.

    May 11, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Roscoe Chait

    Oh, Sarah. Go away.

    May 11, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Scott

    Sarah, just shut and finish fading into irrelevance , everything is not a conspiracy. People make mistakes, John McCain made a huge one.

    May 11, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. John

    This, after Obama's Mexican visit speech where he made fun of people who disagree with him and his corrupt administration... Libs, you got what you deserve.

    May 11, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. truth is good

    This IRS debacle reminds me of the Nixon era IRS. Using the IRS to target the opposition.

    May 11, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Walnetto

    Sure wish she would just go away.

    May 11, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. elaine

    regardless if you like palin or not, a CRIME was committed

    May 11, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Thinkergal

    Hey, Sarah, you want corruption? Look for it in your own life and family, not to mention your party.

    May 11, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Miguel

    What? The I.R.S. isn't a government agency. It is a Collection Agency for the government. A for-profit business, nothing else.

    May 11, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Jay

    ...and to think, I always thought Sarah Palin was the vice presidential candidate in 2008. I wonder how Paul Ryan feels...

    May 11, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. peacedog

    wasn't her own administration under investigation for corruption? pot calling the kettle........

    May 11, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Chuk

    Palin is an idiot. Quit mentioning her name.

    May 11, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Silly Sarah is losing the only positive attribute she has ever had to offer – hot looks. She's getting a gut and "flappy arms". "What's the difference between Sarah Palin and a pit bull? The pit bull has tighter abs and better arms."

    May 11, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. john mccain

    who still listens to this woman?!!

    May 11, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. nintex

    My only question is: Who writes this stuff for her?

    May 11, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Solomon Walker

    We beat you to it, my dear, and already requested that.
    Get your own bag of chips.

    May 11, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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