Monsanto Money: Anti-Monsanto protesters dump bags of cash in Senate building – Video
— Jared Gilmour (@jaredgilmour) October 10, 2013
Three activists taking part in an anti-Monsanto protest were arrested by Capitol Police after dumping bags of money on the floor of the atrium to the Senate’s Heart building.
The protesters, who were playing the part of biotechnology industry lobbyists “thanking” politicians for their support as part of the fictitious “Biotechnology Industry Awards Committee” or BIAC, dumped briefcases of real cash.
“The USCP arrested three demonstrators in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building,” Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider told the Washington Examiner newspaper.
Videos posted on YouTube showed one of the activists on the floor of the atrium, showering herself with the paper bills while another threw them into the air around her.
According to a release put out by the groups behind Thursday’s protest, the Organic Consumers Association and Occupy Monsanto, the real lobbyists were expected “to lunge for the fluttering bills…creating a melee” to shut down the entrance to the building.
The protest was aimed at what organizers allege are back room deals going ahead during the government shutdown, specifically the amendment to the House Farm Bill presented by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The activists were to dole out “Monsanto’s Minions Awards” to members of Congress the groups say have been particularly accommodating to biotech companies.
“The legislative pressure-cooker created by self-inflicted deadlines and crises like the fiscal cliff, the shutdown and the debt limit are the worst way to write legislation. Corporate lobbyists are here to take advantage of the situation. That’s how we got the Monsanto Protection Act in March. We’re here to try to stop that kind of thing from happening again,” wrote Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, who took part in Thursday’s protest as “Jennetta Kontamy-Nashun,” a member of the BIAC.