JASON RANTZ

Did Kshama Sawant violate city ethics code with flier?

May 11, 2018, 7:00 AM | Updated: 6:33 pm

(User submitted)

(User submitted)

Amazon foe, Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, has distributed taxpayer subsidized fliers pushing an the controversial ‘head tax’ with the City of Seattle stamp. A listener submitted the fliers, wondering if this was a violation of Seattle’s ethics codes since the fliers read like they were prepared by the Socialist Alternative.

The short answer: no. The fliers do not violate city ethics code.

“Tax Amazon to build affordable housing!” reads the flier. She asks people to “pack City Hall” as her movement is “poised to win a historic victory!” This flier comes as some activists claim this isn’t an Amazon tax, even though that’s clearly the company most hated by Sawant. It also comes as businesses to be impacted by the tax say, if you’re focused purely on Amazon, know that you’re hurting us, too.

I reached out to Wayne Barnett, the Executive Director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. The SEEC is tasked with administering, interpreting and enforcing the code. He says, the flier doesn’t violate any codes.

“This flier is being distributed by a Councilmember trying to get a piece of legislation passed,” he explained via email. “I don’t see the use of the City seal on that flier as violating the City’s Ethics Code.”

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Seattle media bias...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle media bias on full display as Fox 13 promotes activists blocking traffic

Fox 13 churned outa glorified press release for activists blocking traffic for a cause they may champion. This blatant Seattle media bias.

7 hours ago

Crisis Care Centers...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: King County will sneak ‘harm reduction’ supplies into Crisis Care Centers levy to enable addicts

King County officials don't seem eager for you to realize they're spending taxpayer dollars on drug paraphernalia to treat addicts with their Crisis Care Centers levy.

2 days ago

Seattle teacher Trump...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle teacher has unhinged freakout in screed over Donald Trump

After seemingly realizing Donald Trump will win re-election, a retired Seattle teacher went on an unhinged rant in an editorial.

3 days ago

Photo: State Senator Manka Dhingra, a Democrat from Redmond, keeps lying about a prosecutor's job t...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Democrat Manka Dhingra says she’s a prosecutor in Attorney General campaign, but King County says otherwise

State Sen. Manka Dhingra, a Democrat from Redmond, keeps lying about a prosecutor's job to bolster her fledgling attorney general campaign.

4 days ago

shredded American flag...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Veteran outraged as building flew shredded American flag over pristine LGBT Pride flag

A building housing a WA state agency flew a shredded American flag over a pristine LGBT Pride flag for weeks into Independence Day.

5 days ago

Image: The sun sets over Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds on a warm evening on Wednesday, June 5, 2024...

Steve Coogan and Frank Sumrall

Cliff Mass: ‘No doubt’ PNW is in a heat wave, but the end is near

Cliff Mass, a professor at the University of Washington (UW), discussed high pressure areas and the strength of the sun on KTTH.

5 days ago

Did Kshama Sawant violate city ethics code with flier?