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Tea party protests IRS in Cincinnati
Hundreds gather to protest IRS scrutiny

Tea party members protest outside an IRS office in Cincinnati.
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Tea Party members from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana converged in Cincinnati today to protest the recent IRS scandal.


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Several hundred people gathered on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building. That is where employees with the Cincinnati IRS office admittedly applied extra scrutiny to conservative and other groups applying for 501(C)4 tax exempt status. Protester Dee Cohen from Cincinnati calls the IRS and White House administration’s actions abusive.

“How could you not be angry?" Cohen says. "I mean, we’re going to try to suppress the press. Let’s get those reporters, we want to know who their contacts are. Let’s check their emails. Let’s make sure we don’t have free press anymore. Let’s get [Tea Party groups] money-wise with the IRS. It’s all this intimidation. It’s outrageous. This is the U.S., not Venezuela.”

Protester Dave Kern of Liberty Township says he came to protest the “outrageous actions” of the IRS across the board.

“It’s not some so-called low-level worker at the IRS here in Cincinnati," Kern says. "It’s impossible that this originated from them, but the person who authorized this from the top. That’s where it should end up and they should be rightfully prosecuted and jailed. It’s outrageous.”

Tea Party organizers say an apology is not enough. They want the Obama administration to “make concrete and transparent steps” to ensure this never happens again.

The IRS says while its employees acted inappropriately, they were not driven by political bias.

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