NY protesters get $435,000

NY protesters get $435,000

Amber Hope of Pittsburg takes part in the Occupy Wall Streets movement in Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. AP

The movement has $435,000 — $85,000 of it donated in person at the Manhattan park that has become the epicenter of the global “anti-greed” protests and the remainder from online credit-card donations, said Darrell Prince, an activist using his business background to keep track of the daily donations. “It’s way more support than we ever thought would come in,” Prince said.

Figuring out what to do with the money could prove to be one of the biggest challenges for a movement devoted to building consensus among activists with wide-ranging goals.

The protesters have been spending about $1,500 a day on food, and also just covered a $2,000 laundry bill for sleeping bags and jackets and sweaters. They’ve spent about $20,000 on equipment such as laptops and cameras, and costs of streaming video on the Internet.

They have more than money donations, too. They have a mountain of donated goods, from blankets to cans of food to swim goggles to protect them from pepper spray — some stored in a cavernous space on Broadway a block from Wall Street. Though the money is a pittance compared to the profits of many corporations that the activists blame for the nation’s financial woes, it’s growing. Every day, about $8,000 is coming in just from the lock boxes set up to take donations at Zuccotti Park, Prince said. More is coming through the mail and online.

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