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. DMC

    Someone tell this ditz her 15 minute sended 5 years ago.

    May 11, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. InMyHappyPlace

    It's amazing how many people are blinded to the subject at hand because they don't like the person speaking. I hold no political affiliation. No, I am not Independent as that is a political party. But I read in here people that want to attack Sara Palin rather than the IRS or the Fed simply because they don't like Sara. Or because they simply accept corruption in the government. This ladies and gentleman is why the settlers came to the new land so many years ago. To get away from governments that operated like this. And here we are wanting to give up our defense against a corrupt government and just lay down and take it. What a disgrace.

    May 11, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Jack

    Lady and I use the term lightly, please zip your lip! I am married to wonderful, smart, sweet women and what she calls you is unmentionable in decent company.

    May 11, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. StopTheMadness

    I love some of the comments condemning a three letter company of the governments because they denied a 501c to a political group. Ladies and gentletwits 501C standards are very high and being a politically backed group is an automatic disqualifier. GET OVER IT.

    May 11, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Troglodytes Entertaining All

    When the Tea Party claims they shouldn't have to pay taxes, that sets off alarms at the IRS, and rightly so...

    May 11, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. tony

    All organizations that file for tax exempt status and have political connections or ambitions should be extra scrutinized. Churches especially.

    May 11, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Phattee

    The GOP could get a lot of mileage out of this if they hadn't squandered their credibility by insisting that Obama is a Kenyan; that Solyndra, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi are all cover-ups; and that Fort Hood, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Boston have all been false flag attacks.

    May 11, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Mike

    Why is anyone even interested in what this has been has to say aboiut anything?

    May 11, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. amontagno

    Whether you like the woman or not, she is speaking the truth. The IRS, like most government agencies, is corrupt.

    May 11, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    Sarah who? She isn't a has been, she is a never was.

    May 11, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. libryan

    Who cares what this woman thinks or says? She is a non-person in my book and stupid also.

    May 11, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. EvilWorm

    Palin gets one right,.... finally.

    IRS is an easy one to bash, on ANY point. Good going girl!! Woho!

    Next Palin will announce that white can be White and blue can be Blue.

    May 11, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. dnpkim

    The headline reads "Palin blasts IRS corruption". It should read CNN blasts IRS corruption! Not from the Communist News Network..

    May 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. HereticX

    The bigger question is how comes so many Tea Baggers want 501(c)(4) non-profit exemption status?!?!?

    May 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. truthbetold

    Watergate, Watergate,

    May 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Elucidated1

    Uh, no one LIKES the IRS anyway. And I've been to Alaska. And NO one likes Palin there, except the guy that sells fuel for her boat and two planes.

    May 11, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. longtooth

    Storm the Bastille! Off with their heads! Why bother looking into it?

    May 11, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Jules

    Palin probably knows what corruption looks like given the charges of corruption that were flying around about her as governor of Alaska. I think she sits in a glass house throwing stones hoping that no one will throw them back at her. As far as the IRS goes dragging their feet on not for profit status of organizations that have teaparty or patriot in the name, it is understandable that it took longer given that organizations with not for profit status can not be involved in advocacy politics.

    May 11, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. david esmay

    Stupid, petty, pandering, Palin.

    May 11, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Jules

    Elaine – what crime are you talking about when you say a crime was comitted?

    May 11, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Sorry Sara...

    This is wrong...but I still mock the Tea Party.

    May 11, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Boofie

    @Teamski – like a certain DC mayor that was re-elected after he got out of prison?

    May 11, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Mike

    Is it me, or does she look hot in that outfit?

    May 11, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. irishadian

    Why do you post what this has-been goof has to say?

    May 11, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Jules

    Still around and still dumb as dirt.

    May 11, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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