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. Melissa

    Sarah Palin is a true American. Democrats will do anything, including illegal acts, to get Obama elected because they know that will mean more free government handouts for them. It's really disgusting how dirty these people are.

    May 12, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. M-W-T

    How can this BIMBO tell others how to run a government, she QUIT her job, didn't have the guts to finish, and she wants to tells others HOW TO to do it?????

    May 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Tom

    The people who do not like Sarah Palin are the same people who beg for more food stamps, more welfare, more obamacare from Democrats. Hard-working americans like Sarah Palin, lazy Americans do not.

    May 12, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Jaimie

    What about "Fast and the furious"?

    May 12, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Jared

    Funny how Palin will indeed have the best laugh as President Obama is impeached!

    May 12, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. nleegray

    Ms. Palin might not be the most inept person in our country, but she is certainly the most popular of them. She should just stick to governing her 772,000 Alaskan citizens that mostly live in and around Anchorage. There's a reason she is governor of a National Park with a post office. All political organizations and churches should pay taxes in my opinion. I'm growing weary of hearing this "Tea Party" throw rocks at everybody who doesn't have as narrow a mind as they do. Will someone please change the station or just turn it down?

    May 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Layne

    I never thought I'd see the day that I agreed with Sarah Palin, but the IRS had NO BUSINESS targeting the political enemies of the President.

    May 12, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Samantha

    How come Obama doesn't seem to care about this serious IRS issue? Obama is so dirty it is scary. The people bashing Sarah Palin here are dirty too, all of them appear to ignore the issue of the IRS being dishonest. Very eye-opening.

    May 12, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. cosmok

    It's great when liberals show their true colors, which is only having the ability to spew hate rather than articulate anything intelligent. Pathetic.

    May 12, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. suzybee

    No wonder the IRS targeted applications from "Tea Party" and "Patriots" when these groups have over and over been involved in touting anti-tax rhetoric and tax evasion schemes. Keep complaining, Sarah, and it will lead someone in the IRS to leak to the press some of the convictions of those past schemes by these groups. I hope someone in the IRS has the courage to do this.

    May 12, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. 99mystic99

    Who cares? She's dead to the world, persona non grata. Her opinions mean nothing.

    May 12, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Thomas Happ

    I'm not a fan of Palin, but she is right on this. It's frightening.

    May 12, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. John The Electrician

    The IRS has red flags for all kinds of activity. Especially anti government groups that live in bunkers and scam their taxes. Many 501c groups are just tax evasion schemes anyway. Can't sell your commercial property? Turn it into a church and write the whole thing off. Scammers every one of them, just like Sarah.

    May 12, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. history repeats

    This story interested me until Palin got involved.

    May 12, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. kj

    I do not recall any sense ever coming from Sarah Palin or the NRA...

    May 12, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Bubbabooie

    Why is this bimbo still relevant? Who cares what she thinks? Please go away!!!!

    May 12, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. budd63

    do people still care what sarah palin says.? As a republican Im ashamed she is.

    May 12, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Michael S.

    It is great to see so many posters making supreme idiots out of themselves by trying to make Palin look good. "Hard working"? She quit her self chosen work midway through! One even posting that she still has the job she quit! And none of them seem able to read in context the fact that only one quarter of the 300 cases of extra attention involved the Tea Party brown nosing tax evaders. They all have an agenda, and they will ignore any and every fact that calls it into question.

    May 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Bill

    Hahahahahahaha Sarah Palin hahahahahahahahaha

    Nice role model, Republicans. Little wonder the world has left you completely behind. Enjoy irrelevance!

    May 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Bill Davis

    The Idiot speakeths again.... Will someone do her like she does the moose.....

    May 12, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. larry hernandez

    Ms Palin's opinion means 0 because her IQ is 0.0. How can someone know so little about so much? She really has a
    niche in a land that embraces reality TV. I would really welcome Ms Palin attempting in the future to unite our country
    that she eagerly tries to divide to make $$$ on her incoherent speeches.

    May 12, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Will

    Why does it not surprise me that there are still Republican supporters of this airhead. This is a women who thought the queen of England ran Britian and could not name the number of states thAt make up the union. Limbaugh talkes about low information voters, he is right and they live and breath the broken Republican Party.

    May 12, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. aj

    Thy will be on earth as it is in hell. Crooked group bashing another crooked group.

    May 12, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Tellin it how it is

    Ron Paul warned you.

    May 12, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    The IRS has over the years gained a reputation for heavy-handed tactics and operating above the law. In truth, this unsavory reputation is deserved since in reality, the IRS is above the law in many instances.

    That this agency purposely used its clout to harass and intimidate political organizations is not surprising. The IRS is not alone in this unsavory soup. J.Edgar Hoover used the FBI in similar intimidating and illegal ways against a wide spectrum of American citizens. Several presidents, most notably Richard Nixon, used the privileges of high office to illegally spy upon political rivals.

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, it would be appropriate to punish those in the IRS who authorized the questionable use of the agency's personnel in this activity. All involved should be summarily fired and it would be nice if their retirement benefits were reduced or cancelled.

    May 12, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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