CINCINNATI Federal buildings across the country have been the scene of rallies today by tea party activists, protesting the extra scrutiny given to conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.
A crowd packed the sidewalks in front of and across the street from a Cincinnati federal building housing the IRS offices that handled applications for tax-exempt status.
There were also rallies outside IRS offices in Atlanta, Louisville, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City and other cities.
In Washington, a few dozen people gathered outside IRS headquarters, carrying signs reading "Audit the IRS" and "Don't audit me, Bro." The demonstrators included a George Washington University student who said she's a registered Republican -- but that she'd also be demonstrating if liberal groups had been targeted.
Among the protesters in Kansas City was Vicki Watkins, a substitute teacher who said she thinks the IRS was trying to "get conservative groups to throw in the towel."