This is hysterical. It seems the finance committee of Occupy Portland has hijacked the website, filed incorporation papers, and may have absconded with up to $20,000.
Organizers of Occupy Portland say they fear as much as $20,000 donated to the group through a PayPal account has disappeared.
They also say the group's finance committee has hijacked the demonstration's Internet domain name and filed for incorporation against the wishes of the group's decision-making body.
The demonstrator who filed the papers with the state said Wednesday she did so to protect the protest, and she has received death threats as a result.
Jordan LeDoux, who works for the media, communications, public relations and web team of the demonstration, said Wednesday that since 8 p.m. Tuesday, Occupy Portland has not been able to get into its Internet page, occupyportland.org.
LeDoux says a member of the finance committee apparently took control of the website.
Papers filed with the Oregon secretary of state's office on Monday show that an entity called "Occupy Portland" was registered as a nonprofit.
But LeDoux said the demonstration's General Assembly, where the protesters come to consensus on issues, had repeatedly declined to incorporate with the state.
The "registered agent" for the incorporated body is listed as Reid Jackson of Hillsboro. LeDoux said Jackson was also on Occupy Portland's finance committee.
In a telephone interview, Jackson said she undertook the incorporation "to protect these people. ... I've tried explaining it to them, but they won't listen to me. There is someone who has infiltrated the group and is trying to capitalize on the money."
Who might that "someone" be?
LeDoux said Occupy Portland's organizers believe that "between $10,000 and $20,000" has disappeared from the protest's control. LeDoux said a finance committee member linked his PayPal account to occupypdx.org for donations.
That's too much. And how about the irony of an anti-corporate demonstration...incorporating!
This saga bears following - if only for the comedy relief it brings.