Extra IRS scrutiny on conservative applications shows 'corruption,' Palin says
May 11th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
7 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. James

    So back in 2003 when bush and the FBI were spying on peace rallies did fix news or any republican say anything back then about the misuse of a government agency?

    Their silence says everything. The sooner the GOP is dead the better it ill be for America. The GOP needs to rebuild itself as a fiscal party and drop these nuts

    May 12, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. oreo

    'Corruption' should replace "Forward" as the mantra for this Administration.

    May 12, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. JimW Statesville, NC

    Why do we care what this dip has to say? She is not an elected official or anyone who is running for any kind of office. She wants to tell everyone what needs to be done but she's not willing to put herself out there to run for the true Public's opinion and that is to go for an elected office. She'd be trounced, you can bet. She's just another Ann Coulter who is trying to make a living off her mouth. Nothing more.

    May 12, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Gary Corfitzson

    Did she ever finally get the Paul Revere ride straight? Last I heard she said he was warning the British that the Colonials were armed and waiting for them...

    May 12, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. kenny

    gotta say this...to all you O haters out there, this is for you...as politicians go he has more class, is a better Christian, and more American ideologically than you haters and the extraordinary hypocrites you support. You camouflage hate in the flag, in the church, and silently, in your culture and color of you skin...all white. The one-percenters have conned you into thinking he is a socialist, when really you should go back to your grade one primers and start all over again. You happily through the value of you home and your hourly wages to the Romneys of the world, because you think you are making this country greater, when in fact you support those wealthy elite who are dragging this country down and getting you to do the heavy lifting. You are foolish at best, malignant and worst.

    May 12, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. YankeeintheBluegrass

    You got lucky Sarah.

    Not everyone gets 16 minutes of fame.

    May 12, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. dc

    Former half-term governor-turned-failed-reality-show-star has opinion. Or, tl;dr- Who?

    May 12, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. kenny

    Sarah, you are professional hater, you get paid to do it.

    May 12, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Gatorman

    Why would anyone think they have done anything illegal...???? Could it be because this whole administration is corrupt?
    The top man-POTUS, Can not, Will not, Does not know to ...TELL THE TRUTH!!! He puts the clinton's to shame...when it comes to lying to the AMERICAN PEOPLE. I don't care whether it's Health Care, Politics, Bengazi, economy...you name it??? This piece of a man and his menions......Don't know and can't/want tell the truth...about anything. 'Nuff said !!!!
    and YES, palin is HOT, and she knows it. Would have made a MUCH better President than Obummer ever will.

    May 12, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. NgauHuPhart

    CNN keeps the Palin irrelevancy from drifting gracefully into the records of political oddities and sideshows.

    May 12, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. ramble3144

    Obama's Gestapo. NAZI means national Socialist party, you know.

    May 12, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Ralph in Orange Park FL

    When Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska, she fired the Director of Public Safety for refusing to fire her ex- brother in law. Now she is criticizing the President for abuse of authority. She probably thinks hypocrisy is a town in Afghanistan that she can see from her house.

    May 12, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Joe

    Gotta love cnn's spin. The front page story isn't that the IRS is illegally targeting groups but that Sarah Palin is complaining about it.
    Keep in mind this same IRS will be in charge of your Obamacare.
    Benghazi, IRS, nice week for the dems. But of course most on this site will make excuses and ignore it.

    May 12, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. cuthbert2013

    Profiling is wrong. Whether it be African Americans, red necks, Islamic extremist, Muslims, people of color, white people, Native Americans, etc. It is wrong and these IRS people should be fired.

    May 12, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. ubiquitous

    Maybe the IRS is as tired of the tea party B.S. as the rest of us........

    May 12, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. angeleyes08

    God Bless Her! Has she figured out the difference between a country and a continent yet? I cannot believe that sane people really listen to anything that she has to say.

    May 12, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. GAK

    Who cares what a quitter says!! Go back to Wasilla and get lost!!

    May 12, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. dak22447

    Solve the problem- revoke tax exempt status for all political organizations.

    May 12, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Nicodemus Grumpschmidt

    We need to seek a restraining order on Palin. She can get no closer than 100 yards to a public microphone and no closer than 1 mile to the nearest TV camera. What a sad waste of protoplasm she is! Sure, the IRS is corrupt but to extrapolate that the same government that allows the IRS to do that will also be administering Obamacare is completely absurd. Oversight for the IRS is done by a different government entity than that for Obasmacare. Yeah, that's it, Sarah. Spew your stupidity to instill fear in the ignorant tea party. It's a same to have to admit her as a member of the same species I am.

    May 12, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. jamessavik

    As much as it pains me to agree with Sarah Palin of all people, she is indeed correct about this.

    Using the IRS to bully political opposition? That is banana republic garbage. There is no room for that here.

    People need to lose their jobs and and independent persecutor needs to be appointed to look into criminal charges.

    Anything less is a white-wash but this White House and his willing accomplices in the media are getting very good at burying embarrassing episodes.

    May 12, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Here and Back

    If only Obama would make his own people pay their taxes and maybe go after the Mayor of NY, before bothering honest hard working Americans who want to get involved in the political process.

    May 12, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Here and Back

    They love to block any one who disagrees with the party line.

    May 12, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Froda

    Well lets just ignore the government intrusion into our lives...they aren't bothering our side.

    May 12, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. cleareye1

    Does anyone care what this has been is saying? Obviously, no one at the IRS should be targeting anyone and it won't be long until the culprits are sorted out and pay the price. This is not new, it is the TeaParty that is new and hasn't been around long enough to enjoy the pleasure of IRS scrutiny.

    May 12, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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