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. Freddie the Fez

    The IRS is in charge of Obamacare, said Palin. The IRS? Really? Even her attempts to point out President Obama's flaws are comical. Isn't it high time she went back to Wasilla, Alaska?

    May 12, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. TomGI

    IRS behavior right or wrong, Sarah Palin has nothing besides indignation. Her platform is constant and aggressive indignation. And it's the only way she can get her sound bites and face time in the media.

    May 12, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. independent

    "Sarah Palin said ...." Who cares anymore what she said?

    May 12, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. jharry

    Most of the lib comments on this topic are so idiotic and hypocritical. Sarah is right.

    May 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. John Tater

    The IRS SHOULD give special scrutiny to organizations that seem likely to break the rules against being too one-sided politically, and that would include organizations with names like Tea Party, Occupy, or whatever. If there were one called "Obama for Prez," wouldn't you want it checked out?

    May 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Brian from DC

    More gems of wisdom from the woman who single-handedly branded the GOP as incompetent.

    May 12, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. midas360

    The IRS, like President Obama, is corrupt. The truth is slowly coming to light.

    May 12, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. chalie16

    Gotta love Failin Palin. She'll do anything to stay in the news.

    May 12, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. finnoc

    This is an interesting quandary. Should the IRS exercise care in granting tax exempt status to a group which takes its name from a well known movement wherein regular citizens refuse to pay taxes? Hmmmm.

    May 12, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. od

    She is right. And she is gorgous. Palin for president.

    May 12, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Johnjon

    just two words for her................ go away.

    May 12, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Tim

    When I read "Sarah Palin" in the title of the article, I skipped the article and went straight to the comments. That is how relevant she is. I'd rather read the jokes about her than what she actually says.

    May 12, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. David

    Obama should address this issue head on. There was nothing wrong with searching for the words "Tea Party" to see if a group was attempting to miscategorize itself as a charity when it was really a political organization. He should explain this and shame people like Sarah Palin who are attempting to deceive people into believing that an abuse of power occurred.

    May 12, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. oh no not again

    Why is she still in the news? Is this alll you got?

    May 12, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Thinks2010

    Any organization seeking tax exempt status, be they on the left or the right or even apolitical) deserve extra scrutiny to see that they are in compliance with tax law AND if they are a political organization to see that they are in compliance with campaign funding/campaign donation laws.

    May 12, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. mateo

    It's like a fungus albeit attractive that won't go away...

    May 12, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. KBNJ

    Personally, I think anyone NOT outraged by this should be instantly deported. The Tea Party stands for 2 very basic things: Fiscal responsibility and respect for our Constitution. If you have a problem with these 2 thing you have NO right to live here. If you think corruption is OK, LEAVE. If you think the TP is racist, you're a total M O R O N for believing MSM lies and inuendo – LEAVE. You may disagree with their tactics – I sometimes do also – but if you disagree with what they stand for, again – LEAVE.

    May 12, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. davessworks

    It only makes sense, with limited resources, to go after those that are most likely to cheat. I don't know why the IRS is apologizing. Too much political correctness.

    May 12, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I dont think Sister Sarah actually knows what corrupt means

    Corrupt – to cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

    sort of like half term governor did when she abused her office to pursue a personal grudge in firing Walt Monegan

    May 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. josh rogen

    People are starting to call Obama the democrats Nixon, which i find totally offensive.... to Nixon

    May 12, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Sean T

    I dont think Sister Sarah actually knows what corrupt means

    Corrupt – to cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

    sort of like half term governor did when she abused her office to pursue a personal grudge in firing Walt Monegan

    May 12, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. David

    A child throwing a temper tantrum gets the attention at first, and then noticed less and less and then . . . hmmmm . . . what are we talking about again?

    May 12, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Lina

    I am laughing at this one. Has she ever tried to get a tax-exempt status for a Pagan group? Talk about red tape!!! It's about time the other side finally had some frustration with it!

    May 12, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Ralpher

    It remains a mystery to me why the media continues to follow Palin. She is an insignificant nobody; she has no following of merit; she has an record of quitting every position elected to. Please, please stop giving her press coverage. Who cares!

    May 12, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. william Giunta

    I agree with Sara this time. Our government is too large to properly function unless someone high up wants to attack a political enemy, then they are efficient. (ie; The IRS) Normally there are too many departments in the loop to perform most any task efficiently and correctly. Examine any of our government departments and you find failure after failure, with routine passing of the buck when the failure is brought to light.
    We are overwhelmed with laws that are not being properly enforced and still take a knee jerk reaction to every problem with "lets pass another law" to stop this problem. Bills and laws are passed by Congress with out even being read. We should scrub our existing laws to refine or delete the laws that are not working and then INFORCE them. Congress should be made to obey all the laws and rules that pertain to the citizens of this country: private health care, retirement plans, pay raises and/or penalties based on job performance. No one should be above the laws or sovereign. Have a watch dog organization watch over and reign in the abusers in congress.

    May 12, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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