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Amazon panel push-back of the Democratic candidate for the PAC Foundation; Dan Springer reports.

SEATTLE – It’s election day, and here in Seattle, all eyes on… from Amazon?

The online retailer, which jumped its headquarters is located in the “Emerald City”, in the middle of the seven City Council race in a way that was the test of the company’s political power in a city, the drifting to the left for years. Amazon donated $ 1.5 million to CASE [Civil Alliance for a Sound economy], a political action committee sponsored by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. The PAC has been focused on the displacement of almost all the members of the Council up for re-election to favor more centrist candidates. Seven of the Council’s nine seats are up for consideration.

In a statement, Amazon said, “We believe it is important that our home town has a city Council that focuses on pragmatic solutions for our common challenges.”

The political activism was new for Amazon, but not totally surprising, given the recent votes in the town hall. In the year 2017, the Council will be a $275-per-employee head tax was adopted, specifically, that Amazon, with its approximately 50,000 Seattle employees. The proposal passed without a single vote no. His goal is the increase of almost $50 million per year for homeless services. Amazon 14 million dollars would have paid for almost a year. The company threatened directly by the construction of two downtown office towers, if not repealed the poll tax. Finally, the Council undermined and repealed the tax, but the damage was done.

Socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant, who had for the head-tax, got personal, calling Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the “enemy” in the last year. And has not ceased to radiate Bezos and Amazon since. At a rally last week at Amazon headquarters, Sawant, shouted, “We are absolutely against the three most trying of Amazon and Jeff Bezos, and the billionaire class in their attempt, just performing a hostile takeover of the city hall.”

Sawant had allies on the 2020 presidential election campaign. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted last month, “Amazon is trying to pitch the city Council of the elections to their favor.” On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Added on Twitter, “Jeff Bezos and Amazon think they can buy elections… Amazon Show that you can’t buy our democracy, and their greed was not. Get out and vote!”

But Amazon is far from alone in calling for a great Council shakeup. Dozens of companies have also contributed to the CASE, including Starbucks, Boeing, and Comcast. Two other PACs, the people were for Seattle and mothers for Seattle supports the same candidate as the CASE.

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“We have members, people die of overdoses in their toilets,” said John Engber, a spokesman for the retail coalition of Seattle. The city’s homeless crisis has exploded, despite a dramatic increase in the amount of the tax and money for you. The city now spends nearly $100 million a year.

“The Council and the mayor have not moved to a state of emergency from four to five years, and we, the dial,” said Laura McMahon, co-founder of Moms for Seattle,” “in fact, it was worse.”

The unions and billionaire venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated heavily to support a PAC operator and the most progressive candidate in the race for the open seats. CAPE [Civic Alliance for a Progressive economy] Amazon attacked included for with.

“You want to make sure that you protect a city Council, you can control their power and profits,” said the political consultant Heather Weiner, the CAPE is involved.

But Jeff Bezos was criticized when he donated $2.5 million to support a gay-marriage initiative that passed in 2012. Similarly, Amazon has been called into question for the donation of 400,000 US to defeat the Dollar compared to the expense of an initiative that would cut transportation funding.

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A recent survey showed that Amazon appeared to be in sync with the majority of Seattleites. The Crosscut-Elway poll found two-thirds of likely Seattle voters wanted change on the Council of the city. Homelessness was by far the most important issue for the voters.

The Survey, Oct. 5-9, and an error rate of 4.7 percent had.

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