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. bwv191

    If you check into Sara Palin's background you will find she did quite a few questionable things as Mayor and Governor before she resigned half-way through her term because she realized she could make more money on the lecture circuit. Her commentary has no relation with reality and never did even Fax News fired her. Why does the media keep talking about her??????

    May 12, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Tom

    Someone has to be the voice of stupid. Might as well be Sarah.

    May 12, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Rich

    william Giunta – ENFORCE, not INFORCE.

    May 12, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Andrew

    PLEASE just make her go away!!!

    May 12, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. cobra

    The left wing just goes nuts when Sarah shows up and tells them the truth. A left winger does not know the truth, does not care to know the truth, has no integrity, will believe and support any lie that comes from obama and crown.

    May 12, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Karl

    How about they give extra scrutiny to any organizaiton that includes the words "Occupy", "Fairness", "Workers" or "Union". Yeah, I didn't think you left-wing hypocrits would like the government going after them.

    May 12, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. orange sunshyne

    Who really cares what Palin thinks?

    May 12, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Bruce Davis

    The IRS should increase scrutiny of groups who are known to be against taxation. Skanky Palin needs to get a clue!

    May 12, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. zaphed

    she can see the IRS building from her deck. call chuck norris.

    May 12, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Loathstheright

    But, she, of course has ignored GOP corruption, war crimes, torture for the last 12 years....got it, the old GOP "Do as we say, not as we do.".

    May 12, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. huey

    a "special committee" .. which is politicalease for "corrupt"

    May 12, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Adam D

    Wait, isn't this the same party that is happy with racial profiling for terrorism & the patriot act? The one that says 'well if you have nothing to hide, let us tap your phones and check your library checkoutlist"? What, they dont like when the same mentality is applied to them?

    May 12, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. svann

    I thought Palin approved of profiling? I guess its ok when its arabs, but not when its your buddies.

    May 12, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. OWestbrooks

    The irs was doing their job. The so called tea parties or tea party patriots should be scrutinized. There is nothing legitimate about them . They are only fronts for the Koch Brothers and trying to bring down the government. Why do they need tax exempt status for such nonsense?

    May 12, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. lathebiosas

    While they're at it the IRS should search for the word "church" and take that tax free status away too.

    May 12, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Tim Jennings

    Who's Sarah Palin?

    May 12, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. truetea

    Go Sarah. Hit One for us ordinary americans

    May 12, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. No support

    She also blast people who can"t finish a job they were elected to.. Birth control for minors, and premarital sex for teens. Palin has no credibility.. I would be interested in seeing her tax returns and the deductions she used while "using the system" and in essence abusing the tax laws.

    May 12, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Texasmike

    Sounds more like to me, that they are coming close to her golden egg. She will eventually be caught with her hand in the campaign cash cookie jar and hopefully PUBLICLY punished.

    May 12, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. OK FIne

    So out of 300 applications, 75 were Tea Party related. How does that make them targeted? The IRS is perfectly within it's authority to look into these applications. It's not like the Tea Pary is know for social welfare OR paying taxes. If anyone thinks these kinds of organizations do not need extra scrutiny, look into the activities of A.L.E.C. and get back to us.

    May 12, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. GB

    Sarah who?

    May 12, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Analystgirl

    Why are we still giving her press? We have dozens of people whose opinions are insightful, interesting and valid....but no! We still get the same old pPalin crap.

    May 12, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Texasmike

    For someone who "hates" the lamestream media she sure is attracted to it like a moth to a flame. Lets hope she gets burned this time. I would just LOVE her to get nailed for TAX Fraud.

    May 12, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Pete

    Palins like an annoying toothache that's pains for days than suddenly as it appeared if disappears as well and after a few episodes of uninterrupted pain you go you your dentist and have it yanked,no tooth no pain..Same for ms Palin yank her from publicly being seen or heard and guess what the pain to your ears and sight are good again,enough said!!Curse McCain for bestowing her on us the clown,just like the plague that keeps on giving ,just what I just don't know!!

    May 12, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Mike

    This is actually a BIG DEAL. The IRS is working for the left by targeting groups from the right. This is about to get blown wide open and alot of people will get exposed. I came to CNN's site to see if they are covering the extensiveness of this conspiracy. Well they are.....but of course, instead of covering the actual story, they headline it as a rant by Palin. So, the average dumb leftist does not see the real story, but is blinded by their hatred for Palin, hence....down playing the severity of this issue. Good job covering up for the left, yet again, CNN. You never fail to disgust me.

    May 12, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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