Occupy Wall Street Seeks ... Accountant

Flush with cash, group hunts for a bookkeeper

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2012 5:25 PM CST

(Newser) BuzzFeed reports that Occupy Wall Street is on the lookout for its first employee: an accountant. A subcommittee within the movement called the OWS Accounting Working Group is interviewing for the position, although the actual hiring must ultimately be approved by the General Assembly—Occupy Wall Street's decision-making body. Donations have swelled OWS coffers to $230,000, not including a $100,000 bail fund for jailed Occupiers.

While hiring an accountant might not seem to jibe with the anti-Wall Street vibe, a member of the group's media team says the hire would "remove any issues of transparency by just kind of paying someone to do it, like an independent auditor in a way." The bookkeeper could also help with internal money disputes, such as the time Occupying drummers demanded $8,000 for their performances, writes Rosie Gray. Click for more.

In this Dec. 31 photo, Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrate in Zuccotti Park in New York.   (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith)
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