Figures: OWS Organizers Occupying Luxury Hotels

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 at 8:33 am
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Their zombies are sleeping in feces and urine, but the so-called organizers of the anarchist Occupy Wall Street movement are living large at a luxury hotel. Goose-down pillows for me, but not for thee.

Hell no, we won’t go — unless we get goose down pillows.

A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” The Post has learned.

The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.

“Tents are not for me,”he confessed, when confronted in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel where sources described him as a “repeat” guest.Spitzer, 24, an associate at financial-services giant Deloitte, which netted $29 billion in revenue last year, admitted he joined the protest at Zuccotti Park several times.

“I’m staying here for work,” said Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt and holding a backpack and his suitcase. “I do finance, but I support it still.”

During his stay, hotel sources said, he and other ragtag revolutionaries he brought into the hotel lived like 1 percenters. He would order up a roll-out bed to accommodate guests, they said.

“He’s here all the time,” a hotel source said. “We all see him at the protest.”

Spitzer denied sheltering Occupiers. He claimed he only invited in a blogger buddy living at the park to wash off his camp grime.

Meanwhile, Dutro, 35, one of only a handful of OWS leaders in charge of the movement’s $500,000 in donations, checked in on Wednesday, the night after police emptied Zuccotti Park.

While hundreds of his rebel brethren scrambled to find shelter in church basements, Dutro chose the five-star, 58-story hotel, with its lush rooms and 350-count Egyptian cotton sheets. He lives only a short taxi ride away in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

“I knew everything was going to be a clusterf–k in the morning,” he told The Post, alluding to Occupy’s own disruption plans. “How would I get over the bridge when they were shutting it down?”

The tattoo artist-turned-Occupy money man took the elevator up to the fifth-floor welcome desk, where a disc jockey spins tunes and guests enjoy a vista of the growing freedom tower.

He said he spent $500 of his own money to get the room because he wanted a good night’s rest ahead of the cause’s two-month ceremony the next day and raucous post-raid protests.

“I knew . . . there was a high probability of getting arrested,” he said. “I wanted a nice room. That’s OK. Not everybody there is dirt poor.”

He paid for the palace with his American Express card.

“It is an expensive hotel. Whatever,” he said.

The rooms have 37-inch flat-screen TVs, window seats overlooking the city and iPod-dock alarm clocks. Visitors can order 12-year-old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle, or an $18 pastrami sandwich, from room service. There’s even a menu for four-legged guests, including a $16 dog dish of Niman Ranch ground beef.

The sacrifice and bravery of these folks is quite remarkable. The hardships they go through for the 99% it truly courageous.

21 Responses to “Figures: OWS Organizers Occupying Luxury Hotels”

  1. John Stephens on 20/20/11 at 9:41 am

    No, they crap on the carpets because they CAN. But they leave the maid an extra $20, so it’s all good.

  2. bill on 20/20/11 at 9:51 am

    Its the Nomenklatura all over again. Some pigs are more equal than others. He paid for it on his card but how long until he bills the OWS account for expenses. The flea bitten rabble in the streets ought to remember the words to the old Pete Townsend song “We won’t get fooled again…”

  3. tim on 20/20/11 at 9:55 am

    “12-year-old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle”-capitalism at it’s finest. It’s what $20-25 a bottle?

  4. jim on 20/20/11 at 10:28 am

    His managers at Deloitte are going to be just thrilled to see their button-down, respectable company name mentioned in this article. He may be in a tent before we know it.

  5. Walter Sobchak on 20/20/11 at 10:33 am

    “12-year-old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle”-capitalism at it’s finest. It’s what $20-25 a bottle?

    I wish. It is more like $60-80 a 3/4 L bottle.

  6. Alex on 20/20/11 at 10:46 am

    12 year old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle? Wow, that’s a nice markup! I get it at the local liquor store for fifty bucks! Maybe I should buy some and then bring it down to Zuccotti and sell it to these people – I’d make a fortune.

  7. Dan on 20/20/11 at 11:43 am

    Just curious – how does a guy who drops in on protests during business trips become a protest “organizer” for purposes of your headline? Is this really just a story about one guy on the finance committee getting a room for one night? Seriously??

  8. gracepmc on 20/20/11 at 11:52 am

    Deloitte will be happy to know that they now support the Occupiers. Good hire, this 24 year old finance guy! In the spirit of the occupiers he seems to have little regard for his company’s expense account or public image. It’s clearly all about him.

  9. forrest on 20/20/11 at 12:47 pm

    I understand that the #Occupy movement has accumulated quite a bit of wealth through donations and I’ve heard that some of it has already “vanished” due to improprieties. I’ve been thinking that the “leaders” of this rabble have probably been skimming off the funds, and that after the demise of this charade the money will either end up in their pockets, or go into the democrat’s war chest, probably a little of both. It is indeed “Animal Farm” and “Lord of the Flies” all rolled up into one big rotten burrito.

  10. Someguy on 20/20/11 at 1:10 pm

    A 750 of Glenlivet is rarely more than $30-$35 at a large liquor store, maybe $26 at a Costco or similar. I love the free market

  11. epobirs on 20/20/11 at 2:52 pm

    Dan, the article is talking about two different people. You seem to have them confused as a single person.

  12. Not Likely on 20/20/11 at 4:46 pm

    So what. People aren’t allowed to have money and be concerned about the influence of money in politics?

  13. grichens on 20/20/11 at 6:06 pm

    “So what. People aren’t allowed to have money and be concerned about the influence of money in politics?”

    If only. They would have called themselves “Occupy Congress”.

  14. Hotels Tacloban on 21/21/11 at 11:11 am

    @Dan: No they’re 2 different people.

    A key [[Occupy Wall Street leader]] and [[another protester who leads a double life as a businessman]] ditched fetid tents

  15. fernstalbert on 21/21/11 at 11:19 am

    I am with OWS – I don’t do tents either – but I certainly cannot afford a $700/nite hotel room. My money goes to property and personal taxes. Cheers.

  16. Tim on 21/21/11 at 12:32 pm

    is it confusing for you or something that deals with money can still agree with OWS? I’m a very successful sales person and I agree with their sentiment, most of their ideas have been dumb so far but I have no desire to live in a country or world in which capitalism and pursuit of wealth is the end all be all of my species. I think we have strayed to far in the blind pursuit of wealth and we need less billionaires and more middle class.