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Tea party organizer Karen Miner Hurd told WND her group is expecting between 3,000 and 5,000 people at the upcoming June 26 protest at Chesapeake City Park in Chesapeake, Va. While she is excited about the turnout, Hurd has a predicament: She must raise funds for 30 portable toilets on a shoe-string budget. "How do you tell people you need money for bathrooms?" she asked. "Does that excite or inspire anybody? Not very much." So Hurd asked taxpayers to sponsor commodes and name them with their least favorite politicians. "It started growing, and once people started seeing the list of people who were named, I got more and more requests," she said. "People started to love it." At a June 16 tea party, the group loaded 10 portable johns into trucks and paraded them through three cities – complete with names of politicians who they believe are trying to flush the nation down the toilet.
Hurd said the campaign has chosen not to use references to President Obama. "We were very careful about that. We don't even mention him remotely," she said. "He is the president, and we respect the office."