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