Who is Pete Dutro?

Occupy Wall Street raises over $150,000

After 26 days of protests in New York’s financial center, the Occupy Wall Street movement has raised over $150,000 in donations, according to Pete Dutro, a member of the protest’s financial arm.

This massive fundraising was made through donations via mail, two websites — occupywallst.org and nycga.cc — and in person to members of what the movement calls its “Finance Working Group.”

Separately, four days ago, “Occupy Wall Street Media” successfully raised over $75,000 worth of donation pledges to be used toward the protest’s official publication, The Occupy Wall Street Journal, according to the online funding platform Kickstarter.

In addition to overseeing fundraising, members of the Finance Working Group, distinguishable by their gold dollar sign armbands, are also charged with disbursing funds to the other groups within the movement. These groups, which range from more permanent teams like Security and Media, to temporary teams assigned to isolated tasks, become eligible for funding upon approval by the general assembly.

“It’s been chaotic,” Dutro told CNN. “It’s kind of like doing an office job inside of a mosh pit.”

The group is made up of 12 individuals, many of whom have backgrounds in business and finance. As money keeps pouring in, Dutro says, the group is scrambling to find additional qualified people to help with finances.

The team has had its hands full, Dutro explained. “As far as expenses so far, I think we’ve spent between $30,000 and $40,000.”

Who is Pete Dutro? Do you know? I don’t.

Has he ever been convicted of fraud or embezzlement? Does he have any experience at this sort of thing? Did anyone do a background check on him before putting him on the Finance Working Group? Is he the chairman of the group? If not, who is? Was he appointed, elected, or what?

I have the same questions for everyone on that committee. If I was going to give someone that kind of power over the money to my business or non-profit organization I would do a complete background investigation on them first.

I also want to know who has authority to make disbursements from the account. Where are the books? Who is keeping them and who has access to them? Will they be independently audited? Where is the money coming from?

What do you think?

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43 Responses to Who is Pete Dutro?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I think you keep repeating Glenn Beck talking points.

  2. A quick google turned up this piece
    According to the piece Peter is

    Dutro, a business technology management undergraduate at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has been helping the protest since September 20. He is well-built and wears reading glasses. He works part-time as a tattoo artist in Queens

    Ah- business technology. What does that mean? He is in training to become a capitalist?

  3. For OWS shee.. er. peeps: If you don’t know who this guy is, who is behind this, who is funding this, who is controlling this, who is behind setting up the assemblies and what they should focus on (charter vs. policy), who is pulling the strings, what the fuck are you doing there?

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Makes me wonder how many of those protesters are squatters now? Heck, I’ll say whatever you want for food 😉

    • Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

      I’ll bet a bunch of those people are homeless. Free food and you don’t get hassled by the cops?

      Hobo heaven!

      • myiq2xu says:

        Speaking of which:

        What’s really keeping a thousand or so young protesters in Lower Manhattan? Apparently, a ready supply of vegan pizza, hot quiches, and organic carrots. According to the New York Times, protesters have universally praised the free food available at the encampment. One protester explained:

        ‘I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve put on 5 pounds,’ he said, sitting on the ground in front of a handmade sign that said ‘Class War Ahead.’ ‘I’m eating better than I do at home.’

        All he had to do was amble toward a ramshackle cluster of tables and boxes in the middle of the park and, without paying a cent, grab a slice of pizza or a warm slab of homemade vegan casserole. Last Thursday he had encountered ‘a bunch of Katz’s Deli sandwiches,’ he said. ‘That was good.’

        Others said:

        ‘Someone gave us Spam,’ said Elliot Hartmann-Russell, 18, a volunteer who held up a can of the meat and stared at it while sorting through the donations. ‘I’m not going to eat it, but…’

        Tom Hintze, 24, was volunteering in Zuccotti Park last week. ‘Just now there was a big UPS delivery,’ he said. ‘We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.’

        The kitchen’s philosophy isn’t quite the farm-to-table approach Mr. Hintze internalized while on the wait staff at the expensive and high-toned Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, N.Y. Still, he was picking up a similar community-based ethos.

        Their food system does seem to encapsulate, quite neatly, their vision for how the world should work: Free, high-quality stuff should appear for their consumption. Our intrepid reporter Charles C.W. Cooke has been desperately searching for what, exactly, the protesters want, and whether these demands represent the grievances of 99 percent of America. Free food from Blue Hill and Katz’s seems more likely to be the key desire of the privileged, overeducated, and underemployed twenty-somethings of New York.

  5. yttik says:

    I talked to some students NOT participating in the Occupy Seattle movement and I feel much better.They’re pretty smart! Some of the reasons they aren’t participating,

    “..this movement has no integrity! If they really want to protest the rich they should be in Bellevue or in front of Microsoft.”

    “Nobody is protesting the government. That’s just weird! Who do they think writes the policies for this country?”

    “This is a protest for wealthy white kids. 99% of us are working and going to school and living here. We don’t have any time to protest. We are not the rich!These protesters are shutting down our streets, making our hours get cut back and blocking the bus lines.”

    “Because they’re morons! Who decided it was a good idea to sleep in the streets in Seattle in October?”

    By the way, not one of these kids is a right winger or a Glenn Beck fan. I guess there really are some liberals who can think for themselves.

    • myiq2xu says:

      You are only thinking for yourself if you agree with me.

      Otherwise you are a brainwashed Glenn Beck zombie.

    • WMCB says:

      My daughter, who is by no means a conservative since she was protesting the Bush Wars with me at 13, is at UT Austin. She is working her ass off, has a 3.8, and also works almost fulltime at the rec center there (she is a certified wilderness guide, and a champion rock climber, and spends her vacations doing things like sea kayaking while helping clean up BP oil spills.) She has tatoos and gauges in her ears. She’s a dual art history and business major, because she loves art but knows she has to make a living one day as well. IOW, she is not some straitlaced fundigelical Ozzie and Harriet kid – she’s a responsible realist who is quite liberal. She eats a lot of organic, and loves counter-culture stuff.

      Her facebook response to all of the bongo hoopla in Austin was: “Hipsters and crackheads everywhere! WTF is going on?”

      I think she knows the campus and downtown population better than I do, since she lives a block from the college. I’ll take her word for it.

  6. catarina says:

    So far “wrap it up” is my fave:

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Let the cleaning begin….after they’re cleared out tomorrow, they’ll be allowed back….with new rules, like no laying down 😛


  8. WMCB says:

    BTW, for those like myself who are alarmed at the anti-semitic tone being taken by some at these protests, and the historic dangers of inchoate rage at The Nebulous Shadowy Bankers, I give you this:

    Adbusters, the magazine credited with the idea of the protests, was “previously best known for the 2004 essay, ‘Why Won’t Anyone Say They Are Jewish?’–an investigative report that identified some of the most influential Jews in America and their nefarious grip on policy.” The demonization of “bankers,” “plutocrats” and “the 1%” echoes age-old anti-Semitic tropes.


    • Three Wickets says:

      For Progressive groups like Adbusters and Anonymous, anti-semitism is like a price of admission.

      • WMCB says:

        There are a lot of dirty little secrets on the left. Like the antisemitism of many of their radicals. Like the homophobia of the black community. Like the rampant sexism and misogyny of their creative elites.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I need a book for Idiots that makes me understand Adbusters and Anonymous are Progressives. To me, they’re just super cool social sites that bitchslap the sheep into submission.

  9. Three Wickets says:

    Wonder if this Fox poll about OWS may be showing some Tea Party effect.

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