Protesters chant 'Stop the IRS' in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Tea party activists have rallied outside the federal building in Cincinnati waving flags and signs, singing patriotic songs and chanting "Stop the IRS!"

The demonstration was among dozens planned nationally Tuesday to protest IRS scrutiny of conservative groups.

The Cincinnati building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled tax-exempt status applications. IRS officials have acknowledged that some groups received inappropriate attention.

After a march from Fountain Square about two blocks away, activists filled sidewalks in front of the federal building for about 30 minutes. Some leaders took a petition inside to a federal guard and asked him to deliver it to the IRS.

Some IRS retirees say Cincinnati employees shouldn't be vilified. Former senior manager Bonnie Esrig says the office was a nonpolitical environment, and tax-exempt status workloads had jumped.