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

    The IRS has always been the one place most feel they can't fight
    they are the judge jury and executioner when it comes to taxes and that has and should scare most people
    they already have too much power it's time to take some away
    and why are they workers still working they should be investigated and charges filed

    May 11, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Johnny DC

    Wow, look at all the liberal drones out in force, immediately disagreeing with the statement based solely on the person making it.

    The IRS actually admitted to politicizing a tax process, and you still can't take the story for what it's worth? This still has to be a sideshow story about how little you think of Palin?

    Grow a spine and speak up for what's right, for once. Cowards.

    May 11, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Mark

    Is there a reason why anyone should care about anything that comes out of this pathetic twisted loser's mouth? Everything she says has all of the credibility of a Paul Ryan marathon time.

    May 11, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Jim970

    I love the way the liberal media has to put quotes around "corruption" when it is done in the current administration. Don't see another way to characterize federal agency intimidation and harassment of legitimate, if not liberal, organizations. If that is not corruption, then we need a new definition.

    May 11, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. FLgeeman

    Is she still around??? I thought we got rid of all the Tea Party Trash???

    May 11, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. ambitoos

    Whenever you see Sarah Palin these days, she never has wedding rings on. I'm wondering if she and her husband have separated. I've noticed this for several months now.

    May 11, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. victoria

    A loser who could not even last as Governor wants to talk about accountability?

    May 11, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. albertabound

    I thought you people had gotten rid of that idiot, Palin, but like a lingering STD, she survives.

    May 11, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Bubba

    Palin is an idiot.

    May 11, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Aaron000

    Is this Palin person still around?
    Go away please.

    May 11, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. gajb

    Quite giving this Bimbo press. She is an embarrassment.

    May 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Steve - Dallas

    WHY doesn't she go away?

    May 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. gregg

    Palin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, really?

    May 11, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Name Uche Agonsi

    Palin should visit Ex President GW Bush for a bathroom painting......that should give her a better image than her wash-up debut faux tv.....she can't get better with NRA colourations either.

    May 11, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Funny,How only tax cheats,And Republicans fear the IRS.Wonder why.

    May 11, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Wow she hit every buzz word in the book on that one, eh?

    May 11, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. sammy750

    We need to call it as it is Palin CORRUPTION. Yes the tea party is corrupt, just like you Palin.

    May 11, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Kayser Suzee

    If there's anyone I trust less than the IRS, it's the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, in particular.

    May 11, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Esteban cortes

    I R S to the sevice of the president

    May 11, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. DocHollywood

    No, Palin, it doesn't show corruption, it shows incompetence on some upper managements part. I'm sure over the years they've gone after different groups, including very liberal groups. That's why a flat tax would be a much better solution, audits would be required at a minimum. But I'm sure you'd find a problem with that too, if it were proposed by Obama.

    May 11, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Palin's Corrupt Alaska Government

    Sara seems to forget what real corruption was – just look at the government and cover up she and her husband brought to the State House in Alaska. She is nutzzz – someone who could see Russia from her front door!!

    May 11, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Robert

    If there is any truth to her argument, it just became a little more irrelevant.

    May 11, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. dinaanid

    If that's corruption, I wonder what she calls starting a preemptive war against a country that was no threat to us, by fabricating evidence and lying to congress and the American people... and if THAT doesn't get her ire up, I'm betting there were a few fetuses killed in the bombing of Iraq.

    May 11, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Wiley Coyote

    Who directed the IRS to perform such targeted investigations?. I wonder... I suppose a "We're sorry" is enough. Just another power play by our government.

    May 11, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Guest

    Who is this lady? Man she is annoying!

    May 11, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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