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Amazon vs Seattle socialist city councilwoman: Why she could have last laugh
Amazon takes on far left candidates in Seattle
Amazon facing push-back from Democratic candidates for PAC donation; Dan Springer reports.
Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who campaigned on taxing Amazon more, overcame an eight-point deficit to take the lead from her challenger after he tentatively celebrated victory last week.
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The Seattle-based corporation dumped roughly $1.5 million into the election, which included seven of the city's nine council seats. Final results could be known by Tuesday, MyNorthwest reported.
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Self-proclaimed socialist Sawant, an incumbent from the city's 3rd District, trailed her more moderate Democratic challenger, Egan Orion, last Thursday. By Saturday, she had a roughly three-point lead.
Sawant declared victory in front of a banner that read "Tax Amazon: Affordable Housing for All" on Saturday.
"Our movement needs to organize for rent control, for a Green New Deal for working people, to make sure this council stands with working people … Join us in the People's Budget movement and fight to tax big business," Sawant said.
Sawant capitalized on her opposition to Amazon throughout her campaign.
"This year, corporate PACs are unleashing a record-breaking corporate onslaught against Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Wealthy Republicans, notorious real-estate developers, and dozens of top Amazon executives are bankrolling her opponent," Sawant wrote on her site, referencing her rival Orion. "What's at stake this year is who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people."
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