Tea party activists rally outside KC IRS

The John Weld Peck Federal Building, shown in this photo made, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Cincinnati, houses the main offices for the Internal Revenue Service in the city. Tea party groups are planning a protest rally Tuesday afternoon at the building that is tied to targeting of conservative groups.The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
The John Weld Peck Federal Building, shown in this photo made, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Cincinnati, houses the main offices for the Internal Revenue Service in the city. Tea party groups are planning a protest rally Tuesday afternoon at the building that is tied to targeting of conservative groups.The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – About 30 tea party activists are rallying outside the IRS building in Kansas City to express outrage that the agency singled out conservative political groups for additional scrutiny.

The demonstration was among dozens planned nationally Tuesday. IRS officials have acknowledged that some groups received inappropriate attention when they applied for tax-exempt status.

The Kansas City protesters held signs and waved flags as they congregated outside the building. One sign had a picture of President Barrack Obama with the word “liar.” Another said, “Hold IRS Accountable.”

Fifty-eight-year-old Vicki Watkins of suburban Liberty says the extra scrutiny was a way to “get conservative groups to throw in the towel.” Another protester, 75-year-old Mary Weimholt, of Shawnee, Kan., described what happened as “scary” and said the IRS has “gotten out of control.”

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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