We’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ve cancelled out Amazon’s huge $200,000 donation to the Chamber of Commerce’s corporate PAC! And most importantly, we’re proud that we did it with a grassroots campaign that is not for sale to corporate interests. As always, Kshama Sawant does not accept a penny from corporations, CEOs, business lobbyists, or big developers.
$200,000 is just pocket change to Amazon, which raked in $11.2 billion in profits last year (helped by the fact that they paid no taxes, and even got a tax rebate) and is headed up by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of a staggering $158.2 billion dollars. Our donations, by contrast, come from working-class people digging deep and sacrificing from their hard-earned wages.
Our fundraising reflects the broad base of support for Kshama Sawant and the deep hunger for the policies like rent control, a Green New Deal for working people, and taxing Amazon to build affordable housing. The $200,000 we’ve raised comes from 1,500 working people in Seattle, with a median donation of just $20, and more District 3 donors than any other campaign!
Campaign finance disclosures confirm that the top priority for big business this year is “Anybody but Kshama Sawant” for District 3 — the Chamber of Commerce’s Amazon-funded corporate PAC has already spent over $100,000 against Kshama Sawant, spending more on District 3’s race than on any other in the city. PACs are on track to shatter records for campaign spending in Seattle, and the corporate cash will likely continue to flood in as our campaign gains momentum.
Just last week, the billion-dollar luxury real-estate developer Vulcan dropped $80,000 into the Chamber of Commerce PAC. Vulcan has a well-established history of using bullying tactics to protect its profits at all costs. Last year, Vulcan teamed up with Amazon to pressure the repeal of the Amazon Tax, which could’ve funded thousands of affordable homes.
Vulcan is deeply afraid of our movement for rent control.
Momentum for rent control is growing across the country, with major victories for renters in Oregon and New York City earlier this year. As evidenced by the victory in New York, people with rent control want more of it, not less. With rents averaging over $2,000, it’s easy to see why so many Seattleites are joining us in our fight to win comprehensive rent control for Seattle, which could set a historic precedent nationwide in the same way as our victory for $15/hr.
This month, as we build for a big rally for rent control on July 20, let’s cancel out Vulcan’s $80,000 corporate PAC donation. Let’s show big developers they can’t buy this election or stop our fight for the rent control Seattle tenants urgently need. Please donate today to #CancelOutVulcan and invite your friends to the Rent Control Rally on July 20.