'Occupy' Amasses $230K War Chest

Donations overwhelm $40-a-month UPS box
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2011 4:08 PM CDT
Becky Wartell, center, from Portland Maine, helps unpack boxes of donations in Zuccotti Park, where "Occupy Wall Street" protests are taking place, in New York, Friday, October 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)
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(Newser) – "Occupy Wall Street" has racked up $230,000 in donations and has a warehouse stacked with supplies ranging from peanut butter to tampons, the New York Post reports. Money orders, online donations, and about $1,000-a-day stuffed into a plastic jug in Zuccotti Park, New York, account for the income. As for supplies, about 100-400 packages are coming in daily, overwhelming the group's small $40-a-month UPS mailbox.

Occupy's CFO is a 21-year-old art student who has no financial background, but she gets help from daily "general assembly" meetings where members vote on financial matters. $2,250 for MetroCard swipes to help protesters get to a Times Square rally was recently rejected; $500 was approved for supplies to create giant puppets, one of a Wall Street bull. The Post notes that filmmaker Michael Moore gave $1,000, but a donation by hip-hopper Russell Simmons "was oddly declined."

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