Up to 70 arrests have been made in Washington DC after the police dispersed a mass demonstration only walking distance away from the White House. “Occupiers” blocked downtown streets to protest against high unemployment and corporate bailouts.
Hundreds of protesters from Occupy DC and other groups with similar aims targeted K Street NW, home to the headquarters of some of the city’s largest lobbying firms.
The demonstrators say the lobbyists represent corporations which, along with the country’s richest people, the so-called “1 per cent”, have too much of the nation’s power and wealth.
The non-profit organization Public Campaign revealed in its report that the 30 big corporations paid more to lobby Congress than they paid in federal income taxes for the three years between 2008 and 2010, despite being profitable.