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Smelly Hippies Get Ripped Off

Posted on | October 28, 2011 | 56 Comments

They march for free. I mock them for profit.

Somebody cleaned out the PayPal account of “Occupy Portland” and it looks like an inside job:

Organizers of Occupy Portland say they fear as much as $20,000 donated to the group through a PayPal account has disappeared.
They also say the group’s finance committee has hijacked the demonstration’s Internet domain name and filed for incorporation against the wishes of the group’s decision-making body. . . .
Papers filed with the Oregon secretary of state’s office on Monday show that an entity called “Occupy Portland” was registered as a nonprofit.
But [Occupy Portland spokesperson Jordan] LeDoux said the demonstration’s General Assembly, where the protesters come to consensus on issues, had repeatedly declined to incorporate with the state.
The “registered agent” for the incorporated body is listed as Reid Jackson of Hillsboro. LeDoux said Jackson was also on Occupy Portland’s finance committee.
In a telephone interview, Jackson said she undertook the incorporation “to protect these people. … I’ve tried explaining it to them, but they won’t listen to me. There is someone who has infiltrated the group and is trying to capitalize on the money.”
Jackson would not identify the “infiltrator,” but she said that disputes over the finance committee had escalated to the point where she had received death threats.

Very encouraging news. Any project that results in naive lefties getting ripped-off by their “progressive” friends can’t be all bad.

And death threats! Nothing says “peaceful civil disobedience” quite like a bunch of hippies threatening to kill each other over a PayPal account.

Speaking of which: This is a shameless capitalist blog, which means I’m supposed to get paid for mocking these hippies. IYKWIMAITYD.

Of course, the hippie-mocking business is highly competitive:

Yeah, what right do the homeless and prisoners have to represent themselves as society’s downtrodden. Impostors! They’re not oppressed like the college graduates with too much debt from pricey private colleges!

That guy’s a real pro.

UPDATE: Linked by Bill Quick, The Rhetorican, Da Tech GuyThe ConservatoryBit’s Blog, and Don Surber — thanks! — and welcome, Instapundit readers!


  • Adjoran

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  • Adjoran

    And they are more confusing to spell, too. 

  • Adjoran

    You can also order your Amazon stuff through here, your price is the same but they pay Stacy 4% commission.  If you go direct, they just keep the commission.  You do the math.

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  • Anonymous

    Wait. A few people in the organization acted dishonestly? Doesn’t that mean the entire Finance Committee, or really, the entire Occupy movement, is crooked? That’s the standard the Occupiers are applying to “Wall Street” and capitalism as a whole. There could be a real “teachable moment” here if there were only people capable of learning anything in the Occupy crowd.

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