How’s this for diversity of tactics? To the dismay of many of his cohorts, Occupier John Paul Thornton in Alabama is attempting to fight fire with fire by petitioning the Federal Election Commission for approval to form an Occupy Wall Street political action committee. If he succeeds, he’ll be eligible to raise as much dirty money as his corporate-backed opponents.
Says Thornton: “The thinking is, if Occupy is going to evolve and to become an actual political player, it needs to participate in major political games.” —ARK
Newly published FEC documents show Thornton requesting to establish his group as a super-PAC, the type of political outfit that can spend and raise unlimited money so long as they don’t coordinate with candidates. The documents list Occupy Wall Street as a “connected organization,” with a street address of “NONE AND EVERYWHERE” in the city of “ALL OF THEM.” Thornton wasn’t trying to be cheeky here, he says. Thornton says he plans to launch a website for the super-PAC soon. All he’s waiting for is the FEC’s blessing.