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Occupy Protests May Be Losing Steam, Funding

January 19, 2012 by  

Occupy Protests May Be Losing Steam, Funding

Though the OWS protests have continued throughout the country, with protesters rallying outside the White House and on Capitol Hill earlier this week, donations for the movement are reportedly drying up.

According to CNN, the original OWS general assembly, which makes major decisions for the group, recently approved a partial spending freeze. Spending on housing, food and other items deemed crucial will reportedly continue.

“There’s been a lot of disagreement lately about how things have been spent,” said Pete Dutro, a member of Occupy Wall Street’s accounting working group. OWS has reportedly recently become much less frugal in its spending than it was at the beginning of the movement.

More than $800,000 has been donated to OWS, and the group reportedly has about $170,000 available to spend, according to the accounting working group. It also has more than $100,000 in the Alliance for Global Justice, a Washington-based nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status, and $100,000 set aside for bail in the event of member arrests.

Some people say that OWS’s eviction from Zuccotti Park gave the movement less attention from the media and, therefore, cut donations by making the protests less visible.

As funding dries up, OWS protesters in Los Angeles reached a sort of milestone for the protest movement: its first felony arrest. Sergio Ballesteros, 30, objected — in some fashion — to the arrest of another protester at a demonstration. Police then arrested Ballesteros and charged him with lynching, which is defined by California penal code as “taking by means of a riot of any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer,” with “riot” defined as two or more people threatening violence or disturbing the peace.


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://Boblivingstonletter Gottaplenty

    From the picture posted by Sam Rolley , it shouldn’t take but a few minuets to evict that mob of scum bags if it was done with dignity, Just bring a load of G.Is that saw so many of their people slautered , fighting for that Flag those (lessthandogs) have hanging upside down in protest. MaMa Obamma would just love them as her and Barry had attended many flag burning parties in the past.

    • eddie47d

      Carrying a flag upside down is a signal of distress and I’m fairly sure everyone will agree that the USA is very stressed out and distressed. Your comments were more insulting than any upside down flag.

      • rebecca

        I AGREE!

  • Telfire

    Wait, so it costs money to live on public property packed like sardines in a small area with the pile of crap everyone’s been using as a toilet right next to you?

    • wandamurline

      The cities should find out who has been funding these protestors and send them the bill for the millions of dollars of clean up that they have had to pay and all the overtime for police to make sure they didn’t destroy the entire cities. Most Americans have completely ignored these idiots even though the Democrats, Obama and the progressive liberal news medias tried so hard to make them ligit…even to say that they were a grassroots organization like the tea parties and that they were better than the tea parties. The tea parties never disrespected others, they never created chaos, were never arrested, never paid a salary to protest, and never left a mess for the city to clean after they left. There is no comparison. The OWS are nothing but a paid for Soros and communist paid organization. I think most of America knows the frustration of the unemployed, but they don’t like the “give me what you have worked for because I want it” attitude of the OWS and the fact that they tried to stop shops and the docks from doing business, disrupting worker’s wages. So, it is no surprise that they would eventually fizzle out once the people paying the bills didn’t get what they wanted out of the protests…. most people didn’t like their tactics and reputed them instead of listening to them….so they didn’t collasp America as the organizers wanted.

  • Tom Cook

    Slaughtered. Who would have imagined that the fruitless, useless, wasted, irrelevant protest inhabited by various and sundry losers would dry up. The fact that obongo and the media gave it attention is all that allowed the filth to exist as long as it has. Back to the gutters.

  • Jan

    BHO helped create the OWS crowd with all of his class warfare talk. I’d like to be there when he starts asking the CEO’s of major corporations for campaign funds and they tell him NO. Glad to see the majority of the citizens are starting to see what these people are all about, nothing but a group of 21st century hippies, unwashed and no ambition.

    • eddie47d

      All it means is that you all have someone “lower” than you to beat up on. You know the unemployed,homeless,those who have been scammed by unscrupulous mortgage underwriters and devious ponzi schemers. It kind of makes your day don’t you think? Instead of helping them up you lavishly beat them down. Their reality in life is not the same anymore and some don’t have the resources to lift themselves back up as quickly as you think they should. Two months ago some of you were complaining that they should take their protests to Washington instead of Wall Street. Now that several have you still find fault and call them worthless scum.

  • Bett

    Do they not see they are thinking they will get something for nothing and the people in Nigeria will become our equal when they set this precident…Agenda 21 is here now, UN takeover of USA to incorporate us into the New World Order. See warnings to Congress 2002 that ALL came true! We must get off this sinking ship and their is hope, watch the wisdom:

  • 45caliber

    Of course they are running out of steam. It is COLD out there! They need to go home to Mommy’s nice warm basement to thaw out.

    I was surprised at the definition on lynching. I always thought it meant to hang someone.

    • eddie47d

      Police can arrest and beat anyone they want to for the slightest reasons. You better stand back and let the cops do their dirty work because if you don’t you will be next. I’m not surprised at the term lynching being used by the city government.The stronger the words the higher the conviction. The best thing to do is to video tape/camera phone every action the police take and then take them to court with solid evidence. Remember the police can threaten violence and use violence and never be prosecuted for their actions so citizens have to be eternally vigilant.

    • http://none R Paul or status quo

      Lynch To execute without due process of law, hang by a mob. My dictionary must be wrong. Ron Paul 2012

  • http://none R Paul or status quo

    eddie, don’t forget that the NDAA was just signed. Court, evidence? Scary $hit, huh?

  • http://Occupyprotestslosingsteam ms noncommunist

    Not to worry! Obummer has just requisitioned millions for ‘summer jobs for youth’ – must be for that ‘internal militia’ he has been talking about creating. Just think, hoddwinking our own tax dollars to pay protesters to promote the Bill Ayers philosophy he shares! This man is VERY DANGEROUS!

  • rebecca



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