Member of Occupy Philly challenges Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Democratic primary

The first member of the Occupy movement to run for a major office, made it official today.  Nate Kleinman is challenging Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the Democratic primary in a districtthat covers parts of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County.  Nate Kleinman said he’s he believes his involvement in Occupy Philadelphia help his campaign for Congress. “The Occupy movement has changed the conversation in this country from fiscal responsibility and budget cuts and deficit reduction to income inequality and the scourge of money in politics,” said Kleinman.  “These are the most important issues for Americans right now.  They understand that our problems stem from the fact that corporations run the show in Washington D.C. — not the people.”Kleinman, who grew up in Jenkintown and still lives there, said he has received donations from as far away as Alaska.  He said he is not accepting any corporate money, only money from individuals.  Kleinman now considers himself a full-time activist and candidate.  He has worked for political campaigns and as a staffer to a state representative.

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