Occupy Wall Street raises $450,000
ALBANY, N.Y. – The first financial report of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City shows protesters have raised more than $454,000 and have spent slightly more than $50,000 in the movement’s first five weeks, a person close to the movement said Friday.
The financial report, given to the Associated Press by the person, was to be released late Friday in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have an encampment.
The demonstrators are providing reporters daily updates showing more than $500,000 has been donated, but this is the first fiscal report of the Occupy Wall Street movement and part of its move to provide greater transparency.
The loosely assembled group’s spreadsheet shows most of the spending is for food, clothing, laundry, medical supplies and treatment, Internet services, cameras and telephone and computer expenses. Park expenses including sanitation have cost more than $1,100, according to the report.