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Kshama Sawant responds to Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion charitable fund

Sep 13, 2018, 4:06 PM | Updated: 4:12 pm
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems to be Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s arch-nemesis, so it only makes sense that she would have something to say about the entrepreneur’s $2 billion charitable fund toward homelessness and education.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos spending $2 billion on homelessness, education

And she didn’t disappoint and tweeted on Thursday:

Sawant is referring to the Seattle head tax that the Seattle City Council adopted and then repealed a month later. “Jeff Bezos is our enemy, he is our enemy,” Sawant said before the council voted.

Seattle head tax 101: What to know about the tax

The head tax or employee tax would have applied to companies making more than $20 million annually in gross receipts. Naturally, it was easy for Sawant and others to target Amazon, but 500 businesses would have been subject to the tax, which is about 3 percent of the city’s companies.

After the repeal passed, Amazon responded saying it is committed to solutions:

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Kshama Sawant responds to Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion charitable fund