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

    Question to CNN: when the Republicans ran the White House, did they engage in similar IRS checks of groups they did not like?

    May 12, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. KellyinBoston

    Is this fat cow still alive? I haven't heard her spouting her craziness for a while. Maybe she's been busy watching Russia from her house.

    May 12, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. oldGuy69

    I am glad that someone checks out these request of tax exemption. I want each group, regardless of their party to be check out. The taxes they don't pay are taxes we have to make up for. They should not get a break or got a free pass just because of their tea party name.

    May 12, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. The AntiPalin

    Is there any reason that this woman is still in the spotlight? I have no interest in what she says about ANYTHING! Stop allowing her any more than her original 15 minutes of fame. And, NO, I did NOT read the stupid article because I don't care what it's about. Her opinions about ANYTHING are invalid, uneducated, unscrupulous, inarticulate, and embarrassing to Americans. Shall I go on?

    May 12, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. WillB

    The fact that SarahPac took (and that's putting it mildly) over $5 million from donors last year contributed for the purpose of electing conservatives to Congress.......but instead spent entirely (90%) on Sarah's makeup and makeovers, sounds a lot more corrupt than anything the IRS did. Sarah will have a hard time raising money this year for 3 reasons: (1) she's in the 2nd 15 minutes of fame and now has to pay groups (like the NRA) to allow her to speak, (2) even Fox News own't have her on as a "guest", and (3) those she suckered into giving her money have given her all the money they have.

    May 12, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. The AntiPalin

    Is there any reason that this woman is still in the spotlight? I have no interest in what she says about ANYTHING! Stop allowing her any more than her original 15 minutes of fame. And, NO, I did NOT read the stupid article because I don't care what it's about. Her opinions about ANYTHING are invalid, uneducated, unscrupulous, inarticulate, and embarrassing to Americans. Shall I go on?

    May 12, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. wildernessyes

    Sarah who?

    May 12, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. John/kc

    There is no corruption here. The IRS needs to investigate any group that uses potential taxpayer money in conduction of their business. Republicans don't believe in any social welfare, but are the first in line for a taxpayer handout when their own group is involved. All of these groups need to be checked out and made to pay taxes like the rest of us.l

    May 12, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Beau

    Aww Palin has an opinion, that's so cute.

    May 12, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Robert

    Liberal's I guess are okay with Corruption in the IRS and Hate in their party.They're a bunch of God less Bigots that even booed God they're so full of Hate.

    May 12, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Doug

    Gee, you think this might have happened because conservative groups are more likely to hate taxes, talk about lowering taxes, talk about how taxes are immoral and a sign of societal decay? You think that might have something to do with it?

    May 12, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Say what?

    Is this the same Tea Party that cheered when a member said at the Republican presidential debate "Let him die!" ?

    May 12, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Doug

    Gee, you think this might have happened because conservative groups are more likely to scream about taxes, talk about lowering taxes, talk about how taxes are immoral and a sign of societal decay? You think that might have something to do with it?

    May 12, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. mason

    She should get back under her rock. Isn't this the person who quit her job just to cash in on her fame , which she got from being a moron?

    May 12, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Doug

    Gee, you think this might have happened because conservative groups are more likely to hate taxes, scream about lowering taxes, talk about how taxes are moreally wrong and a sign of societal decay? You think that might have something to do with it?

    May 12, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Speely

    Problem is, you can't get on the Mayflower and find freedom anymore...

    May 12, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. mysimru

    Do you think for one minute that the higher ups in the IRS didn't know what was going on. They will shift the blame to the people under them and walk away as if they had nothing to do with it.

    May 12, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Roscoe Chait

    Oh, Sarah. Go away. We thought we were done with you. Can't you stay home like other rich, spoiled white people and sip pina coladas through a bendy straw?

    May 12, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. NameG

    Sarah

    May 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Kerowack

    Why is this idiot still talking?

    May 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. travelqueen

    It not that they cheat! It the people who let someone else fo their tax. Whoever does someon tax cheat and that how the whole thing got mess up but most of all it come from Church becuz they are just used tax exempt as excused because Pastor want the dollar sign in their face. The only way to catch it is check it every year and see if they made any mistake on their tax and don't sit and waiting until 3 years later that how people get away and get mad with IRS. Lastly, Sarah need to sit down and hush for moment because she is one them. Sarah try to respect other and find what is miss instead blame

    May 12, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Mike

    And almost all liberal idiots laugh when a GOP member calls for the abolition of the IRS.
    Of course the libs don't want it abolished since they serve the overall purpose of the liberal cause, whether it be legal or not.

    May 12, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. jennifer in Houston

    And Sarah would no corruption if she saw it since she and her whole family are corrupt

    May 12, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Pete

    Remember posters you are guilty till proven innocent by the IRS, I know paying back with fines, penalties over $27,000..But IRS has a right here going after some of these unscrupulous groups in politics as tea partys or someone that can't hold a real job and now is a preacher of the Good Book..Everybody today is either a religious preacher or has a group that thinks it can go exempt tax wise but I say to you should a church or political group preach partisan politics and still be tax exempt,not in my book and one excludes the other and if you're into politics than you'll have to pay the piper so to speak and the IRS is there for you!!

    May 12, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Greg Eastman

    Her 15 minutes are up and yet we keep having to see and hear Palin like she has something of value to say! Shame on you cnn for giving her a stage for her blathering!

    May 12, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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