Protesters blast Wells Fargo bonuses, political donations [VIDEO]

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Protesters decried big bonuses paid to Wells Fargo executives
About 40 protesters marched from Occupy MN's "People's Plaza" to the Wells Fargo center this morning to blast the bank.

The protesters were accompanied by Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen imitators, who stood behind the protesters shaking their heads in vehement disagreement with what the protesters were saying.

The demonstration focused on the total bonuses paid to top Wells Fargo executives since 2008, the year of the bailouts, which amounts to $141,083,671 -- money the demonstrators suggested would've been better spent on schools, parks, Social Security and jobs.

Elise Kulzer, a young woman from Ham Lake, Minnesota, criticized big money's influence in politics.

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"The notion that we're living in a democracy is a joke," Kulzer said.

Data released by Take Action Minnesota, which helped organize the protest, shows Wells Fargo's political action committee gave $34,800 to Republican members and $30,539 to Democrats in 2008 and 2010.

LaDonna Meinecke, who dressed up as Bachmann, said she wanted to parody the congressional delegation because "they're puppets for the 1%, the banks, the wealthy corporations that have contributed to the crash of our economy."

Other speakers criticized the excesses of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf's hourly pay.

"We could feed a thousand people for a month, house eight families, and fund a safe-zone after school program," said Vaughn Lodge of the American Indian movement.

An Occupy protester called Divine was the last to address the demonstrators.

"It's not your fault if you're struggling. It's these people's fault right here!" he said, indicating the Wells Fargo Center.

Shouts of "Shame! Shame!" filled the air.

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Strong_Girls__28
Strong_Girls__28

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TJSWIFT
TJSWIFT

Ignorant dick-heads wearing masks of GOP politicians....as if their favorite Democrat doesn't line their pockets too.

SLoop
SLoop

Nice choice of words... dick-head? Sorry but you are the ignorant one. What part of class warfare don't you understand? Do you excuse Wells Fargo for having 77 offshore tax shelters? They will come for your money next...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

If you go to Open Congress you can see who gives money to politicians.  They even list the top 10 industries that donate to the candidate.      Michele Bachmann, John Kline, Erik Paulsen,  and Chip Craavaack  all have Securities & Investment and Commercial Banking in their top 10 biggest donors list.   Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Collin Peterson do not.  But its a good thing you stupidly said your point without knowing what you are talking about. 

Markie Dayton
Markie Dayton

The obvious democratic party hacks attacking only the republicans. They don't represent the 99% they only represent the 37% of liberal democraps. These people are a joke. WF gave money equally. How about Jon Corzine the Ex Goldman Sach CEO, Ex Democrat Gov, Ex Democrat Senator and number 1 advisor for Obama and Biden economic plans. Why is there no Corzine or even Klobuchar actor?

Wow are these people hippo-crites!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You are lying.   Open secrets is a website that follows campaign donations so its pretty easy to check your lies.   Wells Fargo gave 65% of its political donations to Republicans.  This figure does not include donations to various Super PACs aka 501(c)(4) which don't have to report their donors thanks to the Republican Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling.   These Super PACs almost exclusively work on behalf of Republicans.   Democrats aren't perfect but they have expended effort and political capital to pass Dodd/Frank reform bill and set up a Consumer Protection agency.   100% of Republicans are fighting to keep The Consumer Protection agency from being staffed.   Why don't you try being informed so you can actually try to make a difference.   Thank God for the Occupy people who seem to be some of the few Americans that know what is going on in this country.    

Research
Research

The speakers for both sides tend to be very much hippocrates in order to stenghthen their agenda.  They only speak the bad about the opposing "side" and not look at the bad of their own "side". It's time for every single person to look in the mirror, accept their faults, and strenghthen their weakness' instead of constantly pointing the finger. FYI...this will never happen.

Guy
Guy

​"The notion that we're living in a democracy is a joke," Kulzer said.

No...shit...

We've never been a democracy.

Jonski223
Jonski223

No, we've never been a democracy, we're a constitutional republic.

bloodbath
bloodbath

Not anymore. There is no constitution either.

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