About 70 tea party activists waving signs and small American flags marched outside Phoenix's main Internal Revenue Service office to protest the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups.
Tuesday afternoon's rally was one of many around the country after IRS officials acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.
Some of the protesters in Phoenix held signs saying "We Will Not Back Down" and one woman carried an umbrella with fake dollar bills stuck to it. On the dollars were written "Defund IRS" in large red letters.
The group marched up and down a busy central Phoenix street during the lunch hour, blasting air horns at passing cars.
The activists say the IRS overreached with their actions against the tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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