Extra IRS scrutiny on conservative applications shows 'corruption,' Palin says
May 11th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
1 year 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. Namejustin

    Obama care will with no doubt be burned and forgotten when this man is out of office. The IRS ... and Congress , well ... why can't we clean house there as well?

    May 12, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  2. Daniel

    Does anybody actually care about what this woman says? She resigned as governor of Alaska, got fired from Fox, has two brain cells interlocked in Mortal Kombat.....

    May 12, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  3. North Dallas Don

    Sarah Palin once again speaks of something of which she has no knowledge. The IRS has been flooded with tax exempt applications from far more right wing radical conservative groups than groups typically supporting Democratic policies. Thus, more conservative applications went through additional scrutiny. It shouldn't be too hard to figure this out, but when it comes to Sarah Palin and her minions, even the easiest problems to solve present difficult challenges.

    May 12, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  4. Jim

    This is really scary stuff. Shakes our democracy at its core.

    May 12, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  5. Matt

    Palin couldn't even figure out how to complete one term as Governor of the most desolate State in the US. She ought to keep her mouth shut!

    May 12, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  6. Altec

    The Democrats are rotten to the core just like the unions they support. We need to split America along red and blue lines. The losers sucking off the teet of America will soon learn the ills of being a Democrat. Once you run out of other peoples money you will see the folly of being a democrat.

    May 12, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  7. Liberty Brigade

    Palin Rocks!

    May 12, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. Scott

    I don't really care. The IRS does its job and it did not try to hide it when it found that it screwed up. People fear the IRS because it is good at its job and efficient. Congress dictates everything the IRS does (along with every other federal government agency). I would not be surprised if some Republican insiders directed the IRS to conduct these audits. After all, most of the Republican members of Congress are worried that they will lose a primary election to a Tea Party backed candidate.

    May 12, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. Norm

    Yes I agree this was not a good move by the IRS,,,,but what's all this "tax free" nonesense I'm hearing about?
    Don't all Americans pay taxes????

    May 12, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  10. WhatisThisIDontEven

    Seriously? Let's blame the Obama administration for the IRS. It's not like the IRS was thought of as corrupt when conservatives were running it, or anything. Oh wai

    May 12, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  11. Beatrice

    Flat tax, collected by computers, small group of IRS accountants and employees. Flush the rest...save a bundle.
    I agree with Jim.

    May 12, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  12. angry

    get this woman off the news,she is a has been! Good for the IRS to go after tax cheats where ever they are. The tea party should be looked at carefully. As should off shore accounts. Look how many american's have come clean and reported off shore tax accounts. billions. If i ran the IRS i would look at Palin's accounts every year! also every republican senator, and house member. everyone of them! Especially Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina! How did that racist jerk ever get elected? amazing there are people that voted for him.

    May 12, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  13. Krisagi

    I believe her BS as bout as much as I believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus Which is I dont. I think Bill Maher summed it up best when he called her a "Category 5 Moron".

    May 12, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. ottomedic51

    I doubt if Palin even knows what the IRS stands for!! She's lived in the snow and ice too long, it's frozen her brain!! Oh wait, she's never had a brain, proven while she was attempting to run for VP?...lol. I bet if she had any close friends or family members working for the IRS, shed be getting everybody jobs there and if she didn't like you, she'd get you fired just like she did in Alaska goverment after becoming Govenor!

    May 12, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  15. clemvinson71

    hmmm... I actually agree with Ms. Palin on this one (my stomach just turned). However, it should be pointed out that this is the same government which perpetrated two illegal wars, recklessly gouges the fiscal sovriegnty of this nation, and thoroughly supports big business raping the very idea of tax liability via loopholes. All things she has gone on record of supporting. You can't have it both ways my dear (although she seems to do exactly that without a second thought). Yep, big government is bad, whether its liberal or conservative. Time for some REAL change...

    May 12, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Jo

    This is unprofessional and deceptive of these IRS agents. This is what feeds increased distrust of the government by conservatives in the short-term, and by liberals and all in the long-term. I think there's a lot of this by the left where they try to force their beliefs through whatever influence they have. There's probably some on the right, but this seems to be more prevalent by liberals from my experience (though I'm sure many would disagree).

    May 12, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  17. wordsnorth

    Just stuff a sock in it please! So tired of your opportunistic babble quitter Palin.

    May 12, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  18. bb

    why is corruption in quotes?

    May 12, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  19. Larry Teegarden

    When are you guys going to stop treating anything this stupid bimbo says as news? Who cares? She is so irrelevant, and only gains any kind of relevancy when your report a single moronic word she says

    May 12, 2013 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  20. Joe

    We need to proscute these IRS workers and put them in jail!!!

    May 12, 2013 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. Joe

    We need to proscute these IRS workers

    May 12, 2013 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  22. J benson

    Flat tax. Dump the internal proctologist s .

    May 12, 2013 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  23. Mike Simms

    Hey Wootdude don't insult the good people in Saskatchewan by inserting that dope Stupid Sarah in with them please!!!

    May 12, 2013 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  24. jj

    Can someone find Sarah Palin a new brain?

    May 12, 2013 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  25. Lizard Lance

    Political activist organizations should not be tax exempt. None. Nada. Liberal, conservative. It doesn't matter. And Sarah Palin should go back to Alaska and watch for Putin's head to rise up from the west and spare us her uninformed opinions.

    May 12, 2013 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
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