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. Kevin

    The problem with the Tax Code/System is that is has become so complex and riddled with gimmees that it is impossible to enforce with any marked fairness. On top of that, Income/Profit is a terrible way to measure someone's ability to pay.

    I advocate doing away with the Income tax and replacing it with a sales tax. Then the IRS only has to watch point of sale.

    And let those who want gimmees from the government have to fill out forms with the IRS. The rest of us would be left alone.

    It would save the country and Americans Billions in Accounting and Attorney fees.

    May 12, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. ep tor

    The IRS always targets various groups. But not nearly as corrupt as the Tea Party and Palin.

    May 12, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. HotforPalin

    I love this woman, I just wish she would just stop saying stupid stuff. Every time she opens her mouth only non-sense comes out. Lets get all the facts first before we say anything.

    May 12, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. itengineer

    How about this that also is corruption at it's highest:

    "CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi."

    May 12, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  5. KC

    How interesting ... the IRS chief at the time was a Bush appointee. Still want to blame Obama?

    May 12, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  6. Wes Sims

    Two utterly incomprehensible levels of stupid paired together: Palin and the Media.

    How is it possible that seemingly neither is aware that we are talking about all of this happening under IRS Director Doug Shulman – A BUSH APPOINTEE!

    I mean, how do you blame Obama for a guy Bush nominated and saw confirmed? ANSWER: Trot out a borderline insane Tea Party bobble head who could tell the difference between reality and lipstick and let her manipulate the collection of room temperature IQs that make up our national media and run with if.

    Ridiculous and insulting. How is this woman still even remotely relevant?

    May 12, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. jj

    This could have been our Vice President? Shudder....

    May 12, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  8. charles bowen

    Squeaky Palin strikes again ! Looser Republicans like Palin and Boehner are what is wrong with the Looser Republican Party and what will eventually bring the party down....Keep Squeaking. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    May 12, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  9. f ray

    need to end this stuff and we'll solve the budget problem. Solution: END TAX EXEMPTIONS!

    It's a just huge scam for groups, people, organizations, etc. to be "tax exempt". Let's see Sarah's getting $$$ to rant her silliness and lies from her tax exempt steaming pile of GOP group.

    May 12, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. gjarnold

    Why does this woman have a public forum? Are there really that many stupid people who have interest in
    the idiotic things she says?

    May 12, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  11. Daniel D Janson

    Surprise! surprise! and we all know who demonizes the tea party the fair minded, open to all views liberal progressives and of course lets not forget their intellectual base the 99 centers not to be confused with their IQ but close. Probably reading a little to much of the sewer reading material ( sarte, marx).

    The IRS let us bull doze it, salt the soil, and turn it into a park to memorialize the progressive rise of tyranny. I believe we left England for the very rise of such growth of elitism in our midst. For these intellectual elitist know much better than us plain country folks----not.

    May 12, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  12. AJRacer

    Sounds to me like profiling. Now Palin and other conservatives know what it must feel like to other ethnic groups.

    May 12, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Oliver

    Who cares? The tea party ruined this country they should be stopped. Try harder IRS.

    May 12, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  14. Parfin Woodell

    Audit the Bimbo with the mouth.

    May 12, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. jake tolbert

    Is that a teleprompter in front of her? Just wondering.

    May 12, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Jim Sedberry

    Some of you people are absolutely amazing in your ineptness in understanding the overall conspiracy of obama and his handlers. Perhaps you need to spend a few day behind barbed wire under harsh cnditions to find out the direction your leader is taking you, I guess you lefties really are a train wreck in the making!!!

    May 12, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. ME

    Motor Mouth

    May 12, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  18. Laura

    This is awkward...someone forgot to tell Sarah Palin she is irrelevant.

    May 12, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  19. jegelkrout

    Who is Sarah Palin and what office does she hold?

    May 12, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. johnk

    Amazing what the IRS can do and seems to be above the law.

    May 12, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. bill

    Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

    May 12, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. Judge Nan

    Why is she even part of the news... she's a dingbat that is washed out has been. Between her and Cheney... together they don't know sick em!

    May 12, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  23. Charlie

    And she is right. This is the most corrupt administration ever. I'm beginning to understand why the word impeachment is coming up lately. At first I dismissed it as the same kind of banter that came from the leftist radicals who wanted Bush impeached. Benghazi, Voter Fraud, IRS Fraud, the list goes on

    May 12, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  24. don in albuquerque

    Going after conservatives. Especially Tea Baggers? Good!

    May 12, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  25. skog

    Inappropriate?!!!? Carney told reporters ! The presidents spokesman should be outraged and vow to put those responsible in jail sending a strong message that the IRS is a servant of the United States citizen not an overseer.

    May 12, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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