MicCheckWallStreet, an offshoot of the Occupy movement, staged the demonstration at 5pm. The group's website declared that it is "time we declared independence from Citizens United" – citing the supreme court case which effectively ruled that corporations can make political contributions.
A video posted to YouTube shows two people tossing the cash – which MicCheckWallStreet said was in $1 and $5 bills – out of a window above downtown Seattle.
The group had signalled its intentions on its website, asking for donations to a wepay.com account. The wepay page shows that McCheckWallStreet exactly met its $5,000 goal, collected from just 37 donors.
"Every dollar you donate is guaranteed to be thrown off a building and is tax deductible, what more could you ask for?!," said a statement on MicCheckWallStreet's website.
"Be a part of it, donate today!"
Stating that "money is the new tea", the statement said that the event was "as much art installation as protest", declaring that "it sends a powerful message".
The video posted to YouTube does not show the impact at street level, although separate footage posted to UStream showed a small crowd gathered in an alley, where some of the money appeared to have fallen.
The Seattle Times reported that "wind blew some of the money onto a bar awning and into a nearby alley, sending people hunting for cash on windowsills and Dumpster lids".
It is the second "money drop" protest staged by the group. On Valentine's day activists hurled $500 from the top of a building in Seattle.
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