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Democrats get ready! Local tea party folks plan to greet those attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with some serious political verbiage — at least the ones arriving via the highway.

“When the DNC arrives, we will have an impact,” Yadkin Valley Tea Party activist Mark Hager pledges.

The billboards feature an American flag and a vicious-looking bald eagle dramatically screaming: “Reclaim America. Vote: Enough!”

That should show the thousands of party activists, journalists and politicians who will descend on Queen City in September for what Democrats have dubbed the “people’s convention.”

A coalition of North Carolina-based tea party groups, including the Yadkin Valley folks, is behind the operation, which will include at least one mobile billboard that will zoom around Charlotte.

The coalition is just $10,000 shy of the $60,000 it needs to get all of its signs up by late June.

So far, the coalition’s biggest donor is the Tea Party Patriots, a national tea party organization. The coalition has received a $35,000 grant from the Tea Party Patriots. TPP insists it doesn’t get involved in elections. Grants are OK, though, apparently.

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