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Amazon Spends $350K On Seattle Mayor's Race (jeffreifman.com) 62

reifman writes: Until this summer, Amazon had never contributed more than $15,000 to a city political campaign in Seattle, but this year's different. The company is a lead funder in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's PAC which dropped $525,000 Monday on Jenny Durkan's PAC, the centrist business candidate. Her opponent Cary Moon is an advocate for affordable housing, which complicates Amazon's growth, and city-owned community broadband. Comcast and Century Link joined Amazon contributing $25,000 and $82,500 respectively to the Chamber's PAC. Amazon's $350,000 contribution represents .00014 of its CY 2016 net profit.
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Amazon Spends $350K On Seattle Mayor's Race

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  • Units matter! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mycroft-X ( 11435 ) on Thursday October 19, 2017 @07:23PM (#55400623)

    Amazon's $350,000 contribution represents .00014 of its CY 2016 net profit.

    .00014 what of its profit?

  • Super PACs (Score:5, Insightful)

    by youngone ( 975102 ) on Thursday October 19, 2017 @07:27PM (#55400629)
    Ah yes, the best government money can buy.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Corps are people, money is speech, voting R or D is useful.

  • by ChoGGi ( 522069 ) <slashdot@choggi.org> on Thursday October 19, 2017 @07:32PM (#55400657) Homepage

    You're on the wrong side.

    Naughty naughty Amazon.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You act like Amazon is any better than Comcast. How cute.

      • by ChoGGi ( 522069 )

        I don't recall saying Amazon is any better; just that Comcast is shit...

        I called 'em naughty that's gotta be worth something.

  • If money is speech (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Beeftopia ( 1846720 ) on Thursday October 19, 2017 @08:25PM (#55400893)

    If money is speech, corporations have a lot more of it than you do.

    • If money is speech, then it cannot be regulated by Congress.
    • If money is speech, corporations have a lot more of it than you do.

      So do unions.

      So do political parties.

      And government has way more than any of them. And government can take their money too.

    • by Agripa ( 139780 )

      If money is speech, corporations have a lot more of it than you do.

      It is not so much that they have more but that their money and interests are concentrated. The same applies to wealthy people.

      A corporation has a great interest in pushing for legislation which taxes the population a small amount and delivers it to the corporation, otherwise known as rent seeking. In many industries, the payoff from this is greater than any other investment a company could make including research and development or capital investment. But the individuals in the population being fleeced h

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Thursday October 19, 2017 @09:36PM (#55401171)

    ... on eBay. Look up a local politician and bid. Or you can click 'Buy it now'.

  • Yup, they want Durkan, who has been endorsed by former governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke. Why is that important?

    Because Durkan, as a former US Attorney, led a three-year investigation of Washington Mutual in the aftermath of the global economic meltdown, and couldn't find a single action worthy of prosecution, while a 2010 congressional investigation found plenty!

    And the latest FBI stats indicate Seattle leads the nation in property crime (has for quite some time, if we are talking realit
  • http://www.seattleweekly.com/n... [seattleweekly.com] Foreign buyers market of US real estate last year: $92.2 billion.

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