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. Anonymous

    Democrat might as well be Nazi Party rally of 1935. Hate America. Hate Israel. Hate Jews. Hate freedom. Hate the Constitution. Hate law and order for the people. Thug driven. All these are the facts of the Democrat Party. Democrat Party is evil. Thank God Palin will stand for Truth and the American Way.

    May 12, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Grant

    To the IRS.... Go pound sand.

    May 12, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. A2B1261

    Fact: obama and his administration could commit genocide and liberals would still support him because they are emotionally invested in him.

    May 12, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Why does Sarah Palin have a right to comment on anything, the looser.

    May 12, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. tribecagao

    Who cares what this has been says. Why is it that everything the ultra right wing conservatives don't like is a 'government conspiracy'? Been drinking that Fox news kool aid?

    May 12, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. John

    Why not have tax-exempt status for every person in America? Only the organized gangs can have it?

    May 12, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. paul ohearn

    every group seeking to not pay taxes should be looked at very carefully I am also the head of a non profit organization my family. Unlike the tea party I can't afford to fly all over the country and stay in 5 star hotels , just so I can tell an audience just how smart I am and how stupid the people in power are. Sounds like an easy job, that even an idiot could do. Well what am I saying, look who is the spoke person for the tea party, sarah palin, a real idiot.

    May 12, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Tywin Lannister

    The IRS collects taxes. Its job is not to investigate motives. All of you who applaud the IRS going after tea party groups because of ideology, be prepared when they come after your group for its ideology next. Such shortsightedness is amazingly common these days. They are counting on it, and not without cause.

    May 12, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Chadro

    I see the libtards talking out of both sides of their mouth again, don't like it when you call a spade a spade but in this case it's ok to single out the tea party because they don't agree with the tea party philosophy

    May 12, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. dean

    gangsta gubberment

    May 12, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. littlepeaks

    The IRS is being dumb for targeting OBVIOUS SOURCES OF CORRUPTION in conservative groups. I guess they didn't find any, because it would have been all over the mainstream new media if they had. They should have targeted liberal groups. You don't get more corrupt than liberal groups. They should be scrutinized for trying to rip off the government cause that's their ideology to begin with.

    May 12, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Alpha Deus

    Remember they evaluated this group..they didn't stop their accounts..didn't stop them from living as normally as though they hadn't...the IRS also goes after the rich too...it seems that if you go after the tea party its a bad thing...but if your a republican president and you go after having 180,000 people stopped from voting its no big deal.....lets level the playing field people..sack the ones responsible for the irs aiming at people...and sack the people aiming at taking away peoples voting rights...sack 'em all...equality of justice

    May 12, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Name

    If Palin is against it, then I know the IRS must be doing something right.

    May 12, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Heebeejeebee

    Every time this woman speaks a whole lot of stupid comes out

    May 12, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Alpha Deus

    Howa about in the air of fairness we have sarah palin arrested for failing to disclose her hunting cabin when she owed taxes on itits only fair..you cant go after the irs and leave the tax dodgers like palin....

    May 12, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. gemini1971

    Imagine this happens on liberal organizations...cant imagine the outrage from obama drones and dumb liberals

    May 12, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. MimiW

    It's ridiculous that these Tea Party groups were applying for tax-exempt status. The IRS was only doing it's job.

    May 12, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Pushover

    Palin who ran a state as governor (and gave money back to the taxpayers) is once again pointing out the obvios, and the MSM wants to try to silence here.

    May 12, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Tim

    I hope that this b.s. with the irs stops. But seriously, I could have gone a lifetime without hearing sarah palins thoughts on this... or anything.

    May 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Junior

    Why can't Palin just go away? I really dislike McCain for dragging this GOP cheerleader out of Alaska.

    May 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Gone fishin

    Can someone please remind me again how ANYTHING this woman says is relevant ? Let alone newsworthy?

    May 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. BOB

    Go back under your rock....

    May 12, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. cp

    The IRS does make mistakes. Sometimes they do seem to target groups,etc. However, our organization was scrutinized and told to provide more information about our mission and to record aspects of our application to be a 501I(c)3 even though all of the would be used to carry out our mission. Unfortunately, many of those "targeted" were non-profit groups with a political bend. Sorry, Ms. Palin, there is no need to get riled up. You have received compensation from some of the groups. Surely, the TEA Party paid for transportation and board when you attended their rallies.

    IRS workers are human and they do get hassled by many of us and vice versa. They also can become political. They did, they apologized and the public knows all about it. May we move on to the more pressing points which have not been dealt with in Washington? Congress is finding so many problems that keep them from doing the country's business. Each party feigns outrage over something that the opposing part has done. They have gotten so polarized that nothing is accomplished.

    Ms. Palin keeps her name in the press by ranting instead of finding solutions.

    May 12, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. demonfeed

    Correct me if I am wrong here, but isn't this the same person who platformed for and accepted donations from an organization that hid the names of its donors so the media couldn't report on who they were?

    May 12, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Helzburg

    Much like the lies that caused the invasion of Iraq. Remember the weapons of mass destruction, that were never found. Remember the Chairperson, and head of the United Nations Security Inspectors, that stated repeatedly that no weapon were in the country, yet many (foaming at the mouth republicans), knew better. Leading to thousands killed, for no reason at all. As a taxpayer, Id like to see accountability on this war crime, and crime against humanity.

    May 12, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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