By Ellen Killoran
A Chicago-based Occupy Wall Street protestor is allegedly getting paid — more than many Americans with actual jobs — to protest corporate greed and the unemployment rate in the United States.
Business Insider has obtained a video interview of a seemingly well-informed Chicago protestor who mentions — almost in passing — that he gets paid $22 an hour plus overtime to participate in a Chicago offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
The man describes his protesting work as a full time gig and added that an unnamed benefactor, who is presumably providing the salary, is getting [his] money’s worth.
An hourly wage of $22 per hour is three times the current minimum wage of $7.33.
It is unclear if the protestor is legitimate or if he is an actor hired to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement. If he is an actor, he’s a good one — he appears well-versed on the grievances of the Occupy protestors, and doesn’t mention the remuneration until later in the interview. Watch the Occupy Chicago video after the jump:
The above video is not the first piece of evidence suggesting that protestors associated with Occupy Wall Street may be getting paid to protest. On Thursday, The Daily Caller published a story that implicated a liberal organizer of Occupy D.C. of paying Hispanic protestors. The protestors, who carried signs in Spanish, referred to a Caucasian man as their boss, but when asked by a bilingual newscaster if they were being paid, they denied it.
Still, the organizer himself confessed that not all of the protestors were volunteers. Some of them are volunteers. Some of them aren’t, he told The Daily Caller. I can’t identify them. I’m not going to get into an identification game.
Powerline.com published a screenshot of a Craigslist ad posted Sept. 26 by the Working Families Party (or someone claiming to be) looking for people to hold Wall Street accountable. The ad says that hires could expect to earn $350-650 a week.