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. Dean

    If Sarah was low information Dem she would be in the WH today. How much money, time, engery has the Dems the far left liberal media and Hollywood spent trying to destroy her. You Dem idiots made her by talking about her everyday. She scares you.

    May 12, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Anonymous

    all you Palin bashers remember one thing. This government will keep on getting more and more currupt. You will all change your toon when big brother comes after you. Love my country, hate my government.

    May 12, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Laura Wright

    What those IRS agents did was wrong. I hope this story does not get buried in the news.

    May 12, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Mark

    You Go Girl !! Sarah exercising the part of her body that seems to work the best, her mouth. I wonder if she ever comes up with anything original other than the same old tired, tea party mantras she knows and loves so well. Where can I send a contribution?

    May 12, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. gnubieguy

    I would love to see Little Miss Clueless audited. She is not known for her honesty or integrity.

    May 12, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. skog

    after reading some of the posts it is really amazing how Palin haters are willing to give the IRS a pass because of their political foolishness. Regardless of your political affiliation there should be outrage at this type of aggressive and abusive behavior. Those giving the IRS a pass due to their bias should be ashamed.

    May 12, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. ronny

    I think sarah is a good person,but sometimes wish she would just shut up.

    May 12, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Mich

    Wow. A whole 300 applicants were audited. They think this is a lot? Proof positive that Tea Party members family tree doesn't fork.

    May 12, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Grape Ape

    She has some nerve droning on about corruption and misrepresentation of the current administration when everything that comes out of her mouth is blatantly false. Just look at her try to wrap this around Obamacare and the Benghazi situation, as if either of those have the slightest thing to do with the IRS openly admitting that low-level GS employees made some poor choices.

    Also, I move that we stop referring to her as "Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate," and instead refer to her as "Palin, the failed reality TV star and half-term governor of Alaska." I feel certain that most Republicans would be on board, and it is a more apt description of her qualifications for commenting on politics than is the constant reminder that John McCain made a terrible choice for a running mate.

    May 12, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. T

    ....have you noticed that on FOX......the Palin pics are getting shot from farther away, AND OR,....are thru that filter that makes everything look fuzzy........?

    May 12, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Guitar

    WHO???!! Wasn't she like an ex-governor who 'QUIT" or something??

    May 12, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Deb Ed

    I agree with you, jim. The IRS seems to what to put fear in all of us. We were audited about 9 years ago. We had receipts for everything we put down. IRS said we owed them $1,250. We lost. It was either pay it back or go to jail, hence lose your jobs and house and car. So we opted to just pay it and get them out of our lives. Ticks me off that millionaires can get by for years with tax evasion and basically get a slap on the back of the hand, but us "little folks" go to jail or pay NOW.

    May 12, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Sam Waters

    Hope and Change. Is it time to eliminate the Income Tax/IRS and replace it with a less intrusive national sales tax?

    May 12, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Jay

    Palin speaks!!! No surprise here.

    May 12, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. BigSir

    And she knows corruption, first hand.

    May 12, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. jay18

    Go ahead, Dems/libs, try and explain this one away. WAKE UP, your being lied to also.

    May 12, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. Gavin

    Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska, a state with fewer people than Nashville, TN. She didn't even finish her term. She was chosen as McCain's running mate as a stunt. Could somebody please tell me why I am supposed to care about what she thinks and says?

    May 12, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Spike

    Why is the TP so upset? I thought they were ok about profiling?

    May 12, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. elizabeth

    If the IRS gives your return a special going over, and you've done nothing wrong, how is this corruption on their parts????

    May 12, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Krispy Kreme

    Can't we just move this reality show along to the point where Ms Palin trades in her career as a media wh_re and takes her place in my team of street walkers?

    May 12, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. hannah

    OMG! Is SHE still around???? Does she still believe anyone is interested in anything she has to say?

    May 12, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Grinning Libber

    Sarah would know all about corruption...

    May 12, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. JR

    Then MOVE you phony POS. To Mars.

    May 12, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. JR

    And why didn't the IRS audit Romney? Better yet audit Palin and then ship her to Mars.

    May 12, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. JR

    Why would any half-brained human listen to this phony, money scammer, affront to mankind Palin?

    May 12, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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