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 Diablo con Queso

    Palin is dumber than a bag of rocks and McCain has to punch himself in the face for making her a star but she is right about the charge of corruption. That the IRS targeted anybody should scare the crap out of us all.

    May 12, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Military Vet

    The FBI, CIA, and ATF, as well as the IRS, should be keeping an eye on these so called "patriot" and "tea party" organizations. They should also be taking a hard look at Sarah Palin as well. Her fraudulent use of State funds for "travel expenses" for her familiy should be investigated. She is no better than SC Governor Mark Sanford. She is a huckster and fraud that is conning money out of her followers.

    I spent over 20 years of my life defending this country...and these so-called GOP "values" were not what I represented. Things started going wrong under Newt, now our party is gone. The GOP has gone so far to the extreme right that they are no longer in touch with real common sense conservative Americans.

    May 12, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Sane Person

    lol Sarah Palin. I'm sure she is an expert on the IRS, she can see it from her backyard. Just go report to your "Apprentice" screening auditions.

    May 12, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Anonymous

    What an embarrassment. The IRS is corrupted by Dem operatives and most of the posts here are bashing the person who speaks about it. Is everyone here a dem party troll???

    May 12, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. El Diablo con Queso

    To get an idea of the dire straights out country is in all you have to do is read the posts that dismiss the accusation because of who it came from. Frankly you should be scared that you government is involved in practices like this.

    May 12, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Simon Lloyd

    Good, put those ignorant dissadents under the spot. If the tea party dont like it, they can git out. lol

    May 12, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. myway

    The IRS is obligated to make sure tax exempt organizations meet the prescribed standard. I guess the tea party feels its support organizations should be treated more generously. We all know one of the tea party agenda items is eliminating federal taxes. Who can blame the IRS employees for practicing a little job security? If you don't want to be attacked by the wolf, don't provoke him and cry about it later.

    May 12, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. pale blue dot

    Palin go HOME........nobody cares what you think.

    May 12, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Middle Ground

    @ jake
    ...i'm old enough to remember when a record would get stuck and repeat the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and..............

    Oh, Jake. THAT has to be the best description I've ever heard!!! Thanks for the laugh.

    Makes me think of a juke box! Introducing the 2008 Palin-Ola. Put a coin in her slot and listen to her screech out a talking point or two. She also resembles a juke box and scratched records in that they are also obsolete.......

    May 12, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Dan

    Move to a flat tax and eliminate the IRS.

    May 12, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Dr Matrix

    If this was a group she disagreed with such as ACORN or Planned Parenthood she would be screaming for more investigation. Since she and her husband advocated secesson from the US, maybe she could just leave and live in a country that has the type of government she believes in. According to what she is constantly babbling about I think some place like Afganistan or Pakistan would suit her well.

    May 12, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Vader

    Interesting that Ms. Palin can even spell I-R-S.

    May 12, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Adak95

    Obama sends the IRS after specific Americans and organizations in a successful effort draw resources away from their stated goals. Dictators utilize the same the same tactic, direct state agencies to thwart, at every opportunity, any opposition to their master plan. Pretty much sums it up.

    May 12, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Superman01

    Oh my gosh, someone found corruption? Well, I'm truly shocked. And here I thought the folks at the IRS were up for sainthood. My faith in mankind is shaken.

    May 12, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Middle Ground

    @ jake
    here we go again – "death panels." i'm old enough to remember when a record would get stuck and repeat the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and..............

    LOL, Jake. That has got to be one of the best Palin descriptions I've ever heard (or read). Made me think of the old juke boxes. Introducing the 2008 Palin-Ola. Put a coin in her slot and listen to her screech out a talking point or two.

    Her voice is much like a needle scratching across a record. But juke boxes and vinyl records are obsolete......just like Palin.

    May 12, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Josh

    Why does anyone report on what Palin says...she is an irrelevant embarrassment and woefully ignorant...she had her fifteen minutes of fame and screwed it up

    May 12, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. CedarRapids

    'An apology is not enough as there were serious laws broken.'

    what serious law was broken?
    And its funny how people are making this out to be some kind of leftist plot, as if everyone that works at the IRS is a democrat or something., They know this happened under a guy appointed by Bush right?

    May 12, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Middle Ground

    @ Tom in Desoto, TX
    Archie Bunker used to refer to his wife Edith as the dingbat that was TV made believe. Palin is the modern day dingbat, sorry to say it's not make believe.

    Uh-oh!! Now you owe Jean Stapleton a big apology 😉

    May 12, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Josh

    That's not a scandal. It's capitalism all about the big business. Who's most likely to hide money or cut corners in paying taxes but the people who don't want to pay them.

    May 12, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. So What

    I wish this shrilly woman would get investigated by the IRS.

    May 12, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. loki

    would take it more seriously if sarah wasn't talking. go away, please

    May 12, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. McRCN

    Rare event when Republicans and Democrats can come together in bipartisanship and say Gov Palin is exactly right on an issue.

    May 12, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. johnharry

    wow Palin in the news, so why did she quit being governor? Oh that's right corruption
    Everyone loves a quitter !

    May 12, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Lew

    Will somebody take the microphone away from this woman? I wish I could thank McCain personally for making this ding-bat a star.

    May 12, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Mike

    Slowly, story by story, we learn a little more about the unilateral, totalitarian actions and wishes of the regime. These IRS target rumors were ignored or ridiculed by the left and the media. BO isn't the guy most people think he is. Many of us know better. Especially those of us in the military. Semper Fidelis. For over 237 years, very, very Fidelis.....to the country.

    May 12, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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