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. Boring Media Hype

    Sarah is a bit flighty but I'd still do her!!!

    May 11, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Tax Karl Rove's Ass all the way to the Cayman Islands !

    She called for "accountability and a full investigation" as well as a special committee to look into the the Benghazi, Libya, attack last September.
    Palin is upset because here none profit tax-exempt foundation tax shelter might be lost .

    Since when did she even know Benghazi was in Libya ?

    May 11, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Drew

    Does this creature never stop making noises.

    I really do not believe it has ever said anything positive that
    sounded like Oxford English.

    Maybe if it immigrated to the United States from Mars or the land of its
    origin, learned English and held a job instead of hopping
    from one to another.....

    May 11, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Proud Texan

    I find it most amusing that the Tea Party Freeloaders are whining about the cost of doing business in America. Of course they should be scrutinized after all they've made it clear they will do just about anything to evade taxes to begin with.

    May 11, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. jake

    here we go again – "death panels." i'm old enough to remember when a record would get stuck and repeat the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and..............

    May 11, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Patrish

    Do we really care what she thinks????

    May 11, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Mike

    I bet she couldn't tell you what "IRS" stands for. Sarah Palin is a quitter, liar, and a low intellect bomb thrower. What an embarrassment to this country. Thanks a lot John McCain!

    May 11, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Bay O. Net

    Sarah Palin is a loser. She lost the 2008 debate to Joe Biden, she and McCain lost the 2008 election to Obama-Biden, she lost her GOP standing when she failed to run a campaign for the 2012 presidential nomination, and she lost her Fox News contract because even Fox News had concluded that she brought no value to the network. Her daughter was an unwed pregnant teen before becoming an amateur dance contestant. Palin couldn't even complete her term as Alaska governor. She has a long track record of losing, and now she is desperately trying to stay relevant, but she is failing at that, too.

    May 11, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. GaryOwen27

    The Red Neck Right should be drumed out of the country entirely.

    May 11, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Pat

    Incredible that anyone is still listening to this half-wit, but some morons still take her seriously.

    May 11, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. sqeptiq

    When one thinks of the word corruption in connection with Sarah Palin, it is inevitably to link it with her thinking skills.

    May 11, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Gretsky 73

    Well, if anyone knows corruption it is Sarah Palin. Can't she just go away already?

    May 11, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Dave Long

    If Sarah were in the White House, I don't know how corrupt government would be, but I'm pretty sure it would be cruelly inept.

    May 11, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. JJC

    These idiots will not be happy until they tear down our country and rebuild it as a theocracy. Fairness for all is an alien concept to them. They could not be farther from our enlightened forefathers. Creating a christian iran is their goal.

    May 11, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Engineer

    Are we never to be free of this plague upon humanity?

    May 11, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. RF Burns

    "Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare."

    I have to admit, I've gone to sleep with happier thoughts.

    May 11, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. j crew

    Listen Palin ,the elections are over .Your folks lost.

    May 11, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. downwithnazis

    I agree with Mrs. Palin – these groups should not receive any more obtrusive scrutiny than any other groups. I noted that NONE was denied tax exempt status.

    May 11, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. RINO Bill

    It certainly does show corruption. Obama and his administration should have never let that Bush-era appointee remain in his position of authority in the IRS.

    May 11, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Oh

    Yawn. I thought Sarah's 15 minutes of fame was over.

    May 11, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. HenryMiller

    Palin is right. We've seen over and over again the deeds of an arrogant President who would truly rather be a king, and that arrogance has permeated the entire executive branch.

    May 11, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Dave Renton

    May I suggest you return to the Great White North and go moose hunting, cause if you're hunting for recognition, we recognize you and we ain't buyin!

    May 11, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Dogman

    Why do you give this person any time – her 15 minutes have come and gone!

    May 11, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. jerpell

    It doesn't matter where you stand politically, no one wants a corrupt IRS.....

    May 11, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. fsjunkie

    I wonder if somebody has tutored Palin on this subject enough to have a sit down with Katie Couric? I seriously doubt it. Instead, the media keeps dumbing down our politics by giving her a platform.

    May 11, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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