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Robin Hood Photobombs Lew during Senate Committee Hearing

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 04:48 PM

By Alexandra Ward

A couple of men dressed as Robin Hood crashed C-SPAN's telecast of the Treasury nominee Jack Lew's Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday, a photobombing that has the Internet buzzing.

The men in green hats and tunics were part of the silent demonstration group who support the Robin Hood tax, which would institute a new tax on Wall Street transactions.

Twitter users had a lot to say about the viral photo.

"This tax on the financial sector has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year to provide funding for jobs to kick start the economy and get America back on its feet," says the group on its website. "It could help save the social safety net in the U.S. and around the world."

The idea to dress as Robin Hood stems from the famous fictional outlaw who takes from the rich and gives to the poor.

Billionaires like Bill Gates and George Soros are behind the Robin Hood tax, as well as former Vice President Al Gore, consumer activist Ralph Nader, and Pope Benedict XVI, according to the New York Times.

Though the demonstrators were quiet and peaceful, security eventually arrived in case the group got disrupted the hearing.

The Robin Hood tax group got more publicity this week when Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul name-dropped them Tuesday night in his Tea Party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

"What the president fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous," Paul said in his speech. "What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith."

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bama Said to Name Jack Lew to Replace Geithner at Treasury

Limbaugh: Robin Hood 'Was a Tea Party Activist'

Obama Derides Opponent's Tax Plan as 'Romney Hood'

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