Public Outrage Growing Over IRS Scandal

RNC Communications - May 21, 2013

As the IRS scandal continues to worsen for the White House, grassroots activists took to the streets today in Cincinnati and across the country to protest the targeting of conservative groups. With IRS officials pleading the 5th and public outrage growing, it’s safe to say this scandal won’t be going away any time soon. Below is a rundown of the coverage from ground zero:

Cincinnati Enquirer: “More than 250 people chanted, marched and voiced their frustration with the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday in response to concerns the agency provided unfair scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status in recent years.”

AP: “A crowd packed the sidewalks in front of and across the street from a Cincinnati federal building housing the Internal Revenue Service offices that handled tax-exempt status applications. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention … Shoshana Weissmann, a 20-year-old George Washington University student who works at a political consulting firm, said she was troubled by the IRS’ actions. ‘I just think what they did was inappropriate and if they were doing this to liberals, I would be out here, too,’ said Weissmann, a registered Republican who said she is not affiliated with the tea party.”

WKRC: “Hundreds of Tea Party activists rallied in downtown Cincinnati today. It was one of dozens of demonstrations planned around the country to protest Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative groups. Tea Party supporters, several hundred of them, gathered at noon on Fountain Square today.  Those we talked with expressed outrage at the way the IRS treated conservative groups last year as they sought tax exempt status. They noted liberal groups weren't treated that way by the IRS office in Cincinnati.”

WLWT: “Directing signs of anger at the Internal Revenue Service, hundreds of protestors marched from Fountain Square to the Federal Building, calling for heads to roll.”

WCPO: “The furor over the IRS's improper targeting of conservative groups went on full display in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday. More than 200 people turned out for a noon rally sponsored by local tea party groups, according to 9 On Your Side's Scott Wegener.”

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