Associated Press: Occupy Protests Have Cost Taxpayer $13 Million So Far

That’s the cost of the vandalism and violence and fights with the cops that the occupiers seem to think are necessary to expressing themselves. Though, keep in mind that this total doesn’t include damage done to private property or fiscal harm done to businesses near the protests.

During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.

The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.

Just to put into perspective what these city officials are dealing with, get a load of the poop mountain that was discovered at Occupy Santa Cruz (via Ed Morrissey):

At least one incident on the county list wasn’t noted by the Sheriff’s Office: the discovery of an estimated 200 pounds of human feces near the county Veterans Memorial Building, just across the Water Street bridge from the camp.

The county called in a hazardous materials team to clean up the mess, and installed a security fence around the building, which is closed for renovations. There is no evidence that linked the excrement to the camp.

No evidence except for the fact that it was a mountain of human scat within walking distance of a major protest known for filth and public defecation.

But hey, maybe the Koch brothers planted the dookie to discredit the movement or something.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    Send the bill to the labor union bosses who are ginning these slackers up!

    • The Whistler

      It’s chump change to George Soros.  He’s should pay for the costs of cleaning up after his mindless followers. 

      • $8194357

        Ya think there is an adenda?

        Isn’t it amazing that, within only one week of Tiger Woods crashing his Escalade, the press found every woman with whom Tiger has had an affair during the last few years? And, they even uncovered photos, text messages, recorded phone calls, etc!
        Furthermore, they not only know the cause of the family fight, but they even know it was a wedge from his golf bag that his wife used to break out the windows in the Escalade. Not only that, they know which wedge! And, each & every day, they were able to continue to provide America with updates on Tiger’s sex rehab stay, his wife’s plans for divorce, as well as the dates & tournaments in which he will play.
        Now, Barack Hussein Obama has been in office for over two and a half years, yet this very same press:
        Cannot find any of his childhood friends or neighbors;
        Or find any of Obama’s high school or college classmates;Or locate any of his college papers or grades;Or determine how he paid for both a Columbia & a Harvard education;Or discover which country issued his visa to travel to Pakistan in the 1980’s;Or even find Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis on racism.
        They just can’t seem to uncover any of this. Yet, the public still trusts that same press to give them the whole truth! Simply amazing, isn’t it?

        • Davoarid

          This is the ASSOCIATED press, you see. They’re the good guys. Why else would every blogger on every side link to their stories?

  • Jamermorrow

    Wait until these protests become more violent. People should start studying what happens to countries with high inflation. Soon people with no political ambitions will be joining the protesters. Once government check lose their purchasing power it is going to get ugly.

  • Davoarid

    What does the Associated Press want you to believe?

    • Rob

      It’s not about believing anything.  It’s about the fact that the childish antics of the occupiers are costing taxpayers big.

      • Jamermorrow

        Rob, I think you are failing to realize that the protests on both sides Tea Party/OWS are complaining about the symptoms in this country. The ideas on how to fix it are drastically different but the reality is the standard of living is falling and everybody knows it. Women now have to work to support the family. We have no savings. People live off of credit because they are broke. We work more hours than ever. Young kids have huge debt loads before they even start a career. People are choosing to not get married or have kids. Top graduates are leaving the country. Capital is leaving the country. Immigrants are leaving on their own. These protests are just the beginning.

        • Gern Blanston

          There is virtually NO link between OWS and the Tea Partiers. They are NOT analogous. There is a point to the Tea Party movement; I see none for OWS; at least nothing productive.

          • Jamermorrow

            Both dissatisfied with the current system. Also as peoples standard of living fall they will find somebody to blame. 

          • Davoarid

            “I see none for OWS”

            No one can be told what the matrix is.

      • Davoarid

        If you’re reading it, it’s for you.

        • Davoarid

          (IOW: Why did they write the story, interview the sources, run the study, etc ?)

  • Demosthenes

    To me 13 million seems like a drop in the bucket when it comes to the myriad of other government services I pay for through my tax dollars.

    You want to save, give me back the billions of tax dollars we have spent on unemployment benefits.

    • sanity

      waste is waste – if you want the same effect, make sure you have your fridge and freezer fully stocked……then when our not paying attention, let some stranger unplug it for a week. Same effect….waste, but now it can be felt and seen on a more personal level, as you have to clean up the mess and the stink, then have to pay for more food to replace all you have lost due to bad planning, bad decisions and ineptitude on other peoples part.

  • Gern Blanston

    Seems like a great opportunity for someone on the left to tout the economic benefits of OWS. “They’ve helped pump over $13 million into the economy!”.  It’s no more illagical than stating that unemployment checks stimulate the economy.

    • Jamermorrow

      Kind of like military spending stimulating the economy. A bunch of nonsense just like unemployment checks stimulating the economy.

      • Gern Blanston

        There is a need for governemnt spending and all government spending will stimulate some individual’s personal economies. But on a national basis, it should not be touted as a means to help the economy. I have not heard conservatives push for more defense spending to help the national economy. They will defend defense spending as necessary, but not as a means to help the nation get out of a recession. The exception may be politicians who push for defense spending in their districts or states as a means to help the local economy. That is different than a national economic discussion. Pelosi, on the other hand, pushed for an unemployemnt benefit extention as a means to help the national economy – and that’s just foolish.

        • Jamermorrow

          Agreed, but I have been in many arguments on this blog about military spending not stimulating the economy. 

      • Camsaure

        The military IS one of the few areas where the constitution mandates govt support

  • 11B40


    In non-solidarity with the OCCUPIERS, I’m going to hold my breath until our rulers and their media discover the difference between a passive-aggressive civic disruption and a peaceful, or even mostly peaceful, political demonstration.

  • ellinas1

    A very wise man said: “Americans who flew bombing missions in World War II had a saying: “You know you’re on target when you start getting a lot of flak.” The protesters in today’s nascent “Occupy Wall Street” movement must really be on target, then, because–boy!–they’re enduring an unrelenting barrage of rhetorical flak from right wing bloggers, political and media defenders of America’s plutocracy.”

    • Onslaught1066

      A very wise greek said: “You know you’re on target when you start getting a lot of shit on your dick.”

      • ellinas1

        Nah! You don’t say!
        You ain’t shitting me now, are you?

    • Chris_hoagland1

      You mean like the Tea Party had the unrelenting barrage of rhetorical flak from the left wing

      • ellinas1

        I mean nothing of the kind.
        You are exaggerating.
        Not nice.

  • Eglass

    Why don’t you publish how much Wall Street manipulators have cost the tax payers?

    • 2hotel9

      Because “Wall Street manipulators” pay taxes. Democrat Party c*nts like you steal from everyone else, you welfare whore c*nt.

    • Camsaure

      You still don’t know the difference between crony capitalism and capitalism do you?

    • Rob

      Trillions, potentially, but whose fault is that? The.banks,or their political cronies who bail them out?

      The problem is the government.