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. Mike

    Can we just tell Sarah to crawl back into her hole that she crawled out of in 2008! I am sure if her neo -cons and tea-party idiots were in charge, every liberal organization across the US would be under surveillance and special scrutiny by FOX Not-News. What an idiot she is turning out to be! Hopefully she will self-destruct in my lifetime.

    May 11, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. chris kempf

    Ms Palin is blasting the IRS in hopes it will have a detramental affect on the Democratic effect campaign ithe next election cycle. However, not realizing the IRS is an independent agency from thhe Federal Gov"t, this pretty much emonstrates she knows as much as Michele Bachman's knowledge of what the President can do about the price of gas, an international commodity.Then again, somehow, these people are elected. Doesn't say much does it??!!

    May 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. GIUK

    Who cares what she and her litter mates think.

    May 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. facts_matter

    hmm, I remember her as the 2008 GOP Veep candidate...

    May 11, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. wade

    Not really a fan of Sarah's however she is right about this. The proof is from the IRS itself.

    May 11, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Gyu

    Go get em Sarah!

    May 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Joe

    When is Palin going to go away? How do people listen to this stupid lady?

    May 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    Unlike the Benghazi nonsense, conservatives are on strong ground with this one. Unfortunately for them, Sarah Palin will turn off so many normal people that they'll just tune this story out, too.

    May 11, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Lawman

    And this is from someone who resigned so as not to get implicated for hands in the HUGE birthright trust account or targeting businesses and folks and had investigations for violations of ethics and abuse of power....really Sarah?
    How is England these days...oh right Harry is in USA for damage control for what is to come in the United Nation courts...guess that Canada trip went south? or should I say TransCanada...moreless England...handcarry the check...

    May 11, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. TheTraveler

    Thank you so very much John McCain, for the albatross you've hung around America's neck in the personage of Sarah Palin.

    May 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. moxjox

    Sarah who??

    May 11, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. soul68

    I love watching conservatives whine like babies when the scrutiny is on their corrupt behaviors.

    May 11, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. ryan

    How is Sarah Palin's opinion relevant to anything, again?

    May 11, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. meemee

    Who? This person is no longer relevant.

    May 11, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Leon Lowry

    So if I write to the IRS and declare that I'm a Tea Party organization, I don't have to pay income taxes? Great deal!

    May 11, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. meemee

    Who?? I have not heard about this irrelevant person in a while.

    May 11, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. allenwoll

    Who "Palin" ? ?

    May 11, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. ohiopgr

    One sick narcissistic lady – who is making and has made millions of her cheering crowds.

    May 11, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Craig

    Could it be the fact that Conservatives, especially now, are doing everything they can to AVOID PAYING TAXES?! Including, starting alleged non-profits, look at the Westboro Baptist 'Church'! They have a nonprofit HATE GROUP that somehow has the money to travel the country protesting funerals.

    May 11, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. DC Observer

    I absolutely hate to agree with Palin, but she is right in this issue – Obama and the Dems are using the IRS to hinder GOP organizations... the IRS appears corrupt - just like the tax cheat Geithner that runs this organization gone amuck

    May 11, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Grapefruit

    I absolutely believe her. If anyone knows more about corruption than she does I'd be real surprised!

    May 11, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. AgrippaMT

    Let's hope the IRS goes over all Palin family tax returns with a very fine-toothed comb. She is as corrupt as they come.

    May 11, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Mr Bean

    It's interesting how she never discusses, let alone apologizes for the corruption that was uncovered under her administration when she served the state of Alaska. What a hypocrite!

    May 11, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Kevin

    When are Americans going to take back our nation

    May 11, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Melvyn Moy

    So the Conservatives aren't guilty of reverse political moves such as redistricting and voter ID requirements. Where was Palin's outrage on these topics? Please stop reporting on her opinions as if they matter more than anyone else's. She has shown her lack of expertise in so many areas. Just a couple of weeks ago, she played auto expert and boldly declared Tesla and its Model S as a "loser". Consumer Report just announced that the Tesla Model S was the best car it has ever tested. Why not give Snooki as much press on the matters of state?

    May 11, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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