Extra IRS scrutiny on conservative applications shows 'corruption,' Palin says
May 11th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
1 year 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. KC Yankee

    Go, Sarah! Yee haw! How long can she stay on!?

    May 11, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. mfarena

    Why anyone would care what this self-promoter thinks is beyond me.

    May 11, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. David DeForge

    As a Republican let me say this. GET THIS WOMEN OFF THE STAGE. She's an embarrassment and only hurts us.

    May 11, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Jimmy Tran

    I'd like to pound that palin over the hood of my car till she can't walk. Wow what a hottie! And actually telling the truth, WAY TO GO Sarah!!!!!! Call me...........................

    May 11, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. john

    remember, the same people who love honey boo boo are the only people who listen to the BS she pours out of her rear end that she calls a mouth

    May 11, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. ctbeckyw

    Ding! Fifiteen minutes up, Sweetie, but while we are at it... Palin taling about corruption? Can you say "pot calling the kettle black?"

    May 11, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Arick

    I think I will call myself a Tea Party organization and get me some of that tax exempt status.

    May 11, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. John

    Hear you have a woman that think she know everything ,and really know nothing. All Saran Palin really know Is how to complain about everything. I think It time she just go away!

    May 11, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Jim Marler

    This character is a real ding bat! The IRS is just doing their job.

    May 11, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Robert

    Didn't she want to become Vice President of the "big government?" Regardless, the government that now exists doesn't serve the people, it serves businesses, the rich, and politicians. Anyone that thinks they can change it from the inside is wrong, the corruption will need to be removed completely, and that means, at least to me, the removal of politicians, lawyers and judges who prevent and corrupt the system.

    May 11, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Thomas Nichols

    She could not convince the US government to spend ten million on a bridge to the Alaskan Island airport so: "... "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..." Is she saying Alaska needs a fence around its' borders?

    May 11, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. TruthSayer

    palin.... shhhh..

    May 11, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Guest

    I'm calling fro a special invesivative committee to see what, if any, brain cells survived Sarah Palins birth.

    May 11, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Bzarr

    "IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare". Bit of a stretch don't you think?

    May 11, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Guest

    I'm calling for a special investigative committee to see what, if any, brain cells survived Sarah Palin's birth.

    May 11, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Ken Barr

    Palin appears to lay blame on this administration for big government. During the period this travesty was occurring at the IRS a Bush appointee was head of the IRS. IRS appointees serve a 6 year term. Congress now proposes to get answers after the person that was in charge no longer occupies the position. This occurs over and over where current department of agency heads have to answer for the deeds of there predecessor. Congress get it right and place blame where it belongs. At least the Benghazi investigation is being conducted in the right manner.

    May 11, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. hammerschlag

    She is right for once. The IRS is corrupt to the core. That is why every taxpayer should screw the IRS in every possible way and pay little or nothing.

    May 11, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. skytag

    This woman has no shame.

    "More than 100 appointments to state posts - nearly 1 in 4 - went to campaign contributors or their relatives, sometimes without apparent regard to qualifications.

    Palin filled 16 state offices with appointees from families that donated $2,000 to $5,600 and were among her top political patrons.

    Several of Palin's leading campaign donors received state-subsidized industrial development loans of up to $3.6 million for business ventures of questionable public value." — LA Times

    May 11, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Vence

    I am with Palin in this one IRS has been unfair with people with ITIN's denying refund to most of them. Time to clean the IRS and all the corruption.

    May 11, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Rush

    Didn't she resign her Governorship during an ethics investigation?

    May 11, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Itzmeman

    This woman needs to go away. Possibly to Russia since she does not seem to like anything about our government and consistently trash talks in order to politicize everything. Poor excuse for a human being.

    May 11, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Evelyn Connaway

    The Corruption is political organizations applying to the IRS for non-profit status. We have to many non-profit organizations that take advantage of the status. No. 1, is The Chamber of Commerce, along with many others. No organization involved in politics should have this privilege. Nor should religious organizations be tax-exempt if they are involved in politics.

    May 11, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Richard Nixon used the IRS as his private goon squad as well. Yet one more tactic the administration used to bolster Obama's reelection bid. Democrats, Republicans, two different heads on the same monster.

    May 11, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. eddhur

    in the Democrat strong hold on americans they feel they can bully any body they won't the bad mouth you if you don't take it that is like benghazi they lied they tried to bully anybody who question they it isn't politics that the GOP is playing with them i want to know the truth if they will lie about one thing then they will lie about everything

    May 11, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. w5cdt

    I think Ms. Palin should be blasting Corporate corruption.

    May 11, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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