Occupy Protesters Target Capitol Hill Lawmakers

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WASHINGTON - Occupy Wall Street protesters took their efforts to Capitol Hill Tuesday, calling attention to what they say is an influence of corporate money in politics.

Most of the Occupy demonstrators say they don't have an "official "agenda. But those who gathered all day on the Capitol grounds seemed united in their belief that representatives in Congress no longer really represent the majority of Americans.

"I want them to stop being corrupt and start representing the people they're supposed to represent," New Haven, Conn., resident Tommy Doomsday told CBN News. "I want them to work the money out of it. Stop taking all kinds of benefits at the expense of the American people."

"If I had a congressman right in front of me, I'd just give him two words: you're fired," added Josh Heltke, also a New Haven resident.

"Power is really, really centralized in this country, and power really has a very limited number of venues, like political and money," Rochester, N.Y., resident Josh Ehrenberg said. "And now they are one as well."

Capitol police were ready for any amount of rowdiness. Occupiers remained peaceful for the most part.

A couple did tear into a police barricade meant to control the flow of people moving about on the hillside right below the Capitol. Other occupiers frowned on their actions.

"We will argue against others who are inciters, and it is unappreciated by Occupy in general," Malina Lobel-Karimi, from Coachella Valley, Calif., said.

Organizers hoped this would be the largest gathering yet of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Yet, only several hundred, as opposed to thousands, showed up.

The cold, rainy day may have dampened the desire of many to join the protest

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