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Nov072011

Political Protests Capitalizing on 'Occupy' Brand?

ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) -- At least a few hundred gathered Friday night to protest in front of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, was hosting a gala.

On the surface, the "Occupy the Koches: Guerilla Drive-In" event looked like any other "Occupy" movement protest against the proverbial 1 percent of the population who hold the nation's wealth.

But a confederation of long-established progressive political advocacy groups—the Campaign for America's Future, Campaign for Community Change, Common Cause, Health Care for America Now and the aptly named Other 98 Percent—were behind Friday's protest.

"This was the first time that there was something like that, where a bunch of groups put together this guerilla drive-in and 'Occupy' people marched out, which we were super happy with," said Alex Lawson, an organizer for the Other 98 Percent.

It was the group's second "drive-in," staged like an outdoor movie-theater, with videos projected onto building exteriors. The first was held in New York, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater.

With a 30-foot Wall Street banker fat cat balloon, a movie projector and a professional PA system, the event certainly had the look and sound of the grassroots "Occupy" movement.

D.C. metro police officers stood in front of the convention center doors blocking protesters, some of whom shouted at the police officers and jeered at those inside the center, whom the police were there to protect.

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