12:05 pm Feb. 16, 20122
Occupy Wall Street now has a super PAC, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The "Occupy PAC" is registered to a John Paul Thornton in Decatur, Alabama. It's not clear how much connection he, or the PAC, has to the national Occupy movement, which is itself a disparate collection of local movements.
The filing does not look terribly serious, though. Under the section for related organizations, the filing lists "OCCUPY WALL STREET" with an address at "NONE AND EVERYWHERE" in the city of "ALL OF THEM." (The state was listed as "NA.")
Thornton is listed as the "keeper of records," the "exchequer," and the "chief principal minister."
A quick Google search suggests someone who might be this Thornton is involved with Occupy protests in Huntsville and Decatur, and someone with the same name contributed $250 to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.
The Thornton listed on the filing did not immediately respond to a phone call or an email.
UPDATE: Thornton called back.
He told me he's involved with Occupy Huntsville and works for a mental-health nonprofit.
"We haven't had a lot of input from other Occupies," he said. "In fact, I bet they'll be as surprised as you guys when this hits the wire. But once it does, I fully expect this to really take off. At that point, we'll get a lot of input and flesh it out a little more."
He also said, "This is not going to be a dictatorial effort. I already have input from my attorney and some selected input from Occupy Huntsville. We're going to figure out who most people think we can and should best serve with the dollars we have. For example, if a candidate is running, even if they are Occupy-related, and they have a million-dollar war chest, do they really need our piddly 10,000 or whatever? No. But the guy running down the road may very much appreciate it, so we'll make decisions as they come about."
On Ron Paul, he said: "I vaguely support him. I'm not liking a raving fanatic, like some of these guys."
UPDATE: Unrelated, there is already an OccupyPolitics PAC, Inc., founded by a Mississippi-based activist.