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. Jim

    Palin is not relevant. She is an embarrassment to the Republican Party.

    May 12, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. John P.

    OMG! She haz teleprompeters! Freak out in 3...2...1...

    May 12, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Flippin

    I support the IRS, good job!

    May 12, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Carol

    So what? I blast Sarah Palin corruption.

    May 12, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. The AntiPalin

    Does anyone even listen to Sarah Palin? If so, I think whoever it is needs to get a new source of news and information.

    May 12, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Tundra Turd and her droppings...

    Hey Tundra Turd...whose got your back now with the international investigation underway to see oh where oh where did that HUGE trust fund go? Lol...see you in the United Nations courts my dear...don't steal Uncle Sam doesn't like competition!

    May 12, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Republican supporter of President Obama

    She may have some insight on this one because her short lived administration was corrupt...hence why she quit.

    The tea party was born during the wreckage of the financial meltdown. Most people were unemployed and broke so you have to ask yourself where all this money came from.If I was an IRS agent I too would try to figure out the source of the money pouring into the tea party. The corporate conservatives were probably laundering some of the earnings into the movement so they would not have to pay taxes. Proof is in the recent report stating that the top 8% of income earners made money hand over fist since 2008 – now ask yourself about the remaining 92%.

    May 12, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. teachesmath

    Amazing how liberals are turning themselves into pretzels trying to defend this. (But they have a history of pretzel logic.) Even if you don't think that some of these conservative groups should have received tax-exempt status, the whole point is that only CONSERVATIVE groups were targeted. This isn't about "red tape." If both sides of the political spectrum had similar complaints, then this wouldn't be such a big issue.

    Hey, liberals, do you get it now?

    May 12, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Erik

    Wait till the IRS blasts Sarah Palin's corruption!

    May 12, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    The Quitta is the epitome of hypocrisy, what with the behavior of her and her family.

    The GOP is such a worthless mess ...

    May 12, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. cjklepper

    Corruptions? Sarah, you bought yourself a "mansion" in Arizona, the state with evasive corrupted politicians where you are a "want-to-be" corrupt politicians. The money you got from your first book on which you didn't pay your share of taxes and you have the nerve to say the IRS is corrupted? The IRS should be investigating you, too.

    May 12, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. keeth

    Hmm, investigating new organizations made up of members who rail against paying taxes. Yeah, something smells here, and I don't think it's the IRS.

    May 12, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Dude in Colorado

    OMG! Sarah Palin says its corruption?! So it must be true!!! The Inspector General of the IRS investigates and calls it a "mistake" – BUT THAT'S A LIE!

    May 12, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Cathy

    Palin is coming more and more shrill in her desperate attempts to remain relevant.

    May 12, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Don

    There was not wrong with what the IRS did, and this is another media moment for Palin, who constantly has to move her mouth to get in the media.

    May 12, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Jeffrey2099

    This is all Obama. No doubt about it. Targeting individuals or organizations because of their political beliefs is criminal IMHO and the congress should move forward with a special counsel to investigate this to fullest degree possible. This makes Watergate look like double parking.

    May 12, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. pablo pander

    Another non-issue. Why wouldn't any organization whose main tenet is disdain for taxation recieve extra scrutiny?

    May 12, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Tiffany

    For those who claim this is no big deal, obviously it was or the IRS would not come out and apologize for this. Singling out a group specifically because of their political affiliation is wrong, no matter what said you are on politically. I assume when the GOP is back in control and do the same thing to liberal groups, that the liberals will defend this action also?

    May 12, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Foodpimp

    My lord....for once...I actually agree with Palin. I feel dirty. It won't wash off.

    May 12, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. E non-e mous

    nothing to see here, now move on, please,........

    May 12, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. TorontoR

    Why is she even talking about the IRS when she can't even spell I....R....S..... 🙂

    May 12, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Jimbo

    I'm a registered Independent and I usually will vote conservative. That said, Sarah just shut up. People who count don't listen to anything you have to say.

    May 12, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. MFMG

    Since the Citizens United decision Tea Party groups have increased by about 10 fold. These groups are supposed to be NOT for electioneering in order to be tax exempt. Like Karl Rove's Crossroads that spent over 70 million on the GOP in the last election is NOT supposed to be electioneering as it's main function in order for this organization to be tax exempt? The IRS should be investigating these groups to make sure their status as a 501(c) (4) organization is legitimate. However now that they do not have to give the names of donors they seems to be able to get away with their tax exempt lies. We need to tighten up this whole tax exempt farce that exists.

    May 12, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Blue

    They need to look into tax-except organization and churches. They are preaching the GOP hate and reaping money by hiding behind their tax-except status.

    May 12, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. blf83

    She gives new definition to "the pot calling the kettle black." Of course, she has never succeeded in and/or finished any job lest her corruption be unmasked.

    May 12, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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