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. coleen

    As a life long resident of Alaska, I believe that $arah Palin is making a fool of herself (again).

    May 12, 2013 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Palin : " 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.".....And this is the Organization that will run our entire Health Care....SCARY !!!

    May 12, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  3. John

    Why oh why do you keep listening to the run-on sentences of this moron? Don't give her a platform to air her stupidity. It's a waste of time and space on your website...

    May 12, 2013 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  4. Fladabosco

    Why, why oh why does this woman get press whenever she opens her predictable mouth? And why does she keep opening her mouth? I guess it's her love of America or sumpthing.

    May 12, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  5. jadefalcon

    Makes me think of the The Praetorian Guards who guarded the Emperor of Rome, who guarded The Praetorian Guards?

    May 12, 2013 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  6. Gilf

    Sarah palin is a parrot!!!!

    May 12, 2013 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  7. ExculsiveOrgate

    Can somebody just pull out her feeding tube already?

    May 12, 2013 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  8. Nathan

    I think it's safe to assume that everything that comes out of her mouth is wrong and we should be doing the opposite.

    May 12, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  9. Jimmy

    So what else is new?

    May 12, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  10. Whitehead

    Wow, bunch of attack dogs in here against Palin and FOR the IRS?

    May 12, 2013 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  11. Dick LaTrick

    as much as I dislike the IRS, I dislike Sarah Palin equally, both should go away.

    May 12, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  12. DB

    This is very easy to explain, its all about race. Look at any government office now days, it is mostly black and Hispanic. I went to the Social Security office in Fort Worth TX to get some information since I am now a 66 year old white male. Not only was I ignored for over an hour, but once my wife, who is now 65, and I were called in our questions were met by a black female who would not answer our questions and ever time we asked she would get up and wander off for 15 to 20 minutes. All she could do is tell me that I was not going to get the amount that was shown on the slips that SS sends out each year, something to do with a windfall. After being forced to donate to the cause since I started working back in 1964 I expected a little more help. There was not a single white SS advisor within eye site within the office. It was near closing time and she made it clear that we only get the time left, and as we talked she closed up her desk, put her kids on her government computer, and dismissed us as she was finished with us, disregarding that we never got any correct answers. Is this the way our government is going?

    May 12, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  13. Helen Grimms

    Gee, is that Sarah Palin speaking with a teleprompter? The world will surely come to an end. Just proves what a lying little dimwit she is. As for yammering about the IRS checking into the supposedly grassroots Tea Party, just ask yourselves in view of how she handled her Alaska police officer brother-in-law and everything else while she was governor, you can just imagine what she would be doing if she were VP of the country. Sheesh.

    May 12, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  14. Bob Ramos

    By their own definition, the Tea Party is extremely political. It is illegal for a non profit to be political. How else does the IRS catch the bad guys?

    May 12, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  15. dr.frankenstein

    Yes' yes' yeeeeeees! She is alive! Alive!
    She will be the Candidate for job she hate the most. She will run against Hillary.
    And she will be the Ultimate Desider. Let her speake ha ha ha!
    She is ALIVE! 🙂

    May 12, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. anonymous

    Please stop giving this woman airtime. She contributes NOTHING positive to society.

    May 12, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  17. Anonymous

    I'm not sure which is more frightening for us as a nation. A bunch of idiots mindlessly castigating a patriotic lady, or another branch of the government being politicized by a third world dictator. If you want to fairly judge a female politician, go for Clinton who sacrificed four lives for political expediency, and then clearly lied about it.

    May 12, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  18. 18E

    Palin? Sounds familiar. That's right she quite her job as Governor of Alaska ,population 743K, and cut and ran. For she was being brought up on corruption charges by her own party, GOP controlled state legislators and senators.

    She knows all about this kind of behavior.

    May 12, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  19. 18E

    Palin? Sounds familiar. That's right she quite her job as Governor of Alaska ,population 743K, and cut and ran. For she was being brought up on corruption charges by her own party, GOP controlled state legislators and senators.

    She knows all about this kind of behavior. Glad she is here today pointing this issue out, for at least she is an expert on the issue.

    May 12, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  20. silvereagle

    Watch out Sarah,satan in Washington will have the IRS on your butt.

    May 12, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  21. fekt

    if anyone knows something about being a corrupt government official it's get out before i'm thrown out palin.

    May 12, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. Michael S.

    Out of 300 application, 75 from Conservative groups got a bit of extra going over, and this is bad? Three times as many other groups got checked more closely and where is the angst? Conservatives need checking because they love cheating the government and this is just a plain and simple fact. Palin is not an expert on good governance, far from it. Listening to her on an issue like this just makes no sense at all. Conflict of interest is her favorite game.

    May 12, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  23. Deist

    Yes, we all need Sarah Palin as our moral compass. Why not listen to a lecture about "how a government should be run" by a woman who quit the only job she had when her "corruption" was discovered. Sarah is a true "throwback" to when women achieved status, not by their intellect but by "sleeping her way to the top." She exudes the 50s feminine style of "sweet manipulation" as a tactic to get what she wants, rather than direct and honest communication. What is truly amazing, is that so many choose to listen to this bimbo instead of reading, discussing and developing their own position on this topic.

    May 12, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  24. JRJ

    Doesn't she get it yet?

    Go back to Alaska and shut th f up

    May 12, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  25. richard

    how can we shut her up ????? wish she would just go away

    May 12, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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