DC Protest Economics: Does DC Profit From Protests?

What do you think the economic impact of ANSWER Coalition’s protest yesterday? How much money did Washington DC businesses and government gain from the protesters?

I’m sure that the hotels, buses, and vendors were happy with the protest influx. Also the sign makers, Port-a-let renters, and even the DC government, with the tax revenue.

Add to it, all those overtime-paid police and security guards who made bank babysitting screaming adults and will now spend said bank in DC.

But what about the drain on DC services, the overtime that came from DC government coffers. Was it more than the tax revenue for the tourists’ taxes? Does DC come out ahead, money-wise, when we have a protest, ineffectual or not?

Armchair economists, compute!

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