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Protesters denounce IRS at agency's headquarters

Tuesday - 5/21/2013, 3:30pm  ET

Tea Party supporters gather for a rally outside the IRS headquarter in Washington, May 21, 2013. A few dozen tea party activists and their supporters have gathered outside the IRS headquarters in Washington to protest extra scrutiny of their organizations (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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A little Tea Party outside of IRS headquarters

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BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A few dozen tea party activists and their supporters have gathered outside the IRS headquarters in Washington to protest extra scrutiny of their organizations.

The protesters listened to speeches Tuesday afternoon and carried signs reading "Audit the IRS" and "Don't audit me, bro."

Twenty-year- old Shoshana Weissmann, a George Washington University student who works at a political consulting firm, says she was troubled by the IRS' actions. She says if the IRS had targeted liberal groups for extra scrutiny, she would be protesting that too.

The protest was organized by Tea Party Patriots, which held similar rallies around the country. Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the group, says the IRS targeting of conservative organizations has shown the American public that the tea party's concerns about government overreach are valid.


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