Anti-IRS protest planned at Ohio federal building

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tea party groups are planning a protest rally at the Cincinnati federal building tied to targeting of conservative groups.

Other tea party groups are urging activists across the country to protest Tuesday at their local Internal Revenue Service offices.

The Cincinnati tea party says its demonstration will start on downtown Fountain Square at noon, then move to the federal building less than two blocks away that houses IRS offices that handled tax-exempt status applications.

The local group’s president, Ann Becker, called the extra scrutiny of tea party groups an abuse of government power.

A recently retired IRS senior manager from the Cincinnati office says it’s unfortunate that employees there are being blamed. Bonnie Esrig says they were trying to keep up with increasing workloads. She calls it a nonpolitical environment.

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