Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant on taxing Amazon to fund affordable housing. Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at an event in Seattle on March 27 where community leaders voiced support for an employee head tax on the ...
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The District 3 race attracted national attention; business interests poured money into the contest as a referendum on the influence of companies like Amazon over Seattle City Council. Watch the above video to see why Amazon routed $1.5 million through the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s PAC to combat Sawant.
“It looks like our movement has won, and defended our socialist City Council seat against the richest man in the world,” Sawant said at a news conference, swiping at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party former tech worker, was elected 6 years ago as the first socialist on the Seattle council in 100 years.