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Tax Amazon campaign hit with late reporting fine

The Tax Amazon campaign is being hit with a $2,500 fine by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission over late filings on more than $100,000 in contributions.

“The Tax Amazon 2020 Committee (the “Committee”) filed 25 C-3s reporting almost $100,000 in contributions multiple days late,” a letter sent to the campaign’s manager Eva Metz last week reads. “In addition, a C-4 that showed how much money the campaign had on hand in mid-July was filed almost a month late, and another amendment showing an additional $23,000 in spending was filed today.”

The Tax Amazon campaign backed by District 3 representative Kshama Sawant has been working to put a tax on Seattle’s largest businesses on the ballot.

Earlier this summer, the City Council passed legislation creating a COVID-19 economic relief package and a new payroll tax on large businesses that could generate more than $200 million a year for housing, business assistance, and community spending.

In levying the fine against the campaign, the SEEC executive director Wayne Barnett writes that past issues on Sawant’s election campaign were a factor:

The Committee late-filed 25 C-3s and two C-4s showing significant fundraising and significant spending multiple days late. I am imposing a penalty of $2,500. (I fined Councilmember Sawant’s 2015 re-election campaign $2,000 for late reporting, which I can only conclude did not have the desired deterrent effect.)

The Tax Amazon fine is slated to be on the agenda at Wednesday’s SEEC session. The fine can be appealed within 14 days.


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Drshort
Drshort
8 months ago

Tax Amazon has also shielded the ultimate persons** who were paid of close to $15,000 in wage payments in June/July by listing “SurePayroll” on its C4 documents rather than the actual person paid by the campaign.

** Much if that compensation will likely be shown to have gone to Sawant’s husband.

isoor
isoor
8 months ago
Reply to  Drshort

Literally, who gives a shit? Amazon and many other massive corporations still pay virtually nothing in the taxes. This is a controversy about nothing more than obfuscating the movement’s goals.

The goals of the Tax Amazon campaign are moral and just, purely by nature of their populist scope. GTFO with this “ethics fine” bullshit–especially when you offer NO REAL ALTERNATIVES.

Whichever
Whichever
8 months ago
Reply to  isoor

So, you’re fine with the means, as long as you get the end that you think is ‘moral and just?’ That explains a lot about what’s happening these days.

Adam
Adam
8 months ago
Reply to  isoor

Federal income taxes are what you’re referring to in terms of Amazon paying hardly any taxes, most likely. That’s a broken system and needs addressed by the feds.

However, Amazon paid ~$300M in local taxes in 2018, the last year data was available for. So to suggest they don’t pay anything locally is a misrepresentation. Not that those matter to Kshama.

https://www.geekwire.com/2020/amazon-pay-enough-taxes-source-says-local-tax-bill-297m-last-year/

CD REZ
CD REZ
8 months ago
Reply to  isoor

Bro, you’re weird. Virtually nothing…. Yes vigilante tax policy is totally moral and just due to its populist goals… Jfc

TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
8 months ago
Reply to  Drshort

If true maybe their combined family income will top 80k! Gasp!

Sawant, like other councilmembers, takes in $130k a year, but she is the only one to donate the lion’s share of that to social justice causes and ultimately make only less than 50k after taxes. Her husband, himself organizer, doesn’t make any more.

This insinuation that Sawant is somehow profiting off TaxAmazon or back-dealing is ridiculous–if she were in this for the money she could take her entire salary and no one would think twice because that’s what literally every other council member does.

If you’re out to fight financial impropriety, look no further to the the professionals in the SPD who are paid $300k+ to call protestors “coackroaches” and try to run them over in unmarked cars.

Drshort
Drshort
8 months ago

“ This insinuation that Sawant is somehow profiting off TaxAmazon or back-dealing is ridiculous”

Ok, we can debate what “profiting” means but it’s clear from public filings that her household is getting a salary from the Tax Amazon campaign. That’s not up for debate.

Nor is it up for debate that her campaign paid her own household. And her two biggest social justice cause she donates to paid her household.

There’s a fairly common pattern of Sawant making money off of her causes.

Sam
Sam
8 months ago

To be fair they’re called Tax Amazon, not Tax Tax Amazon.