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'Awesome, Brilliant, Necessary': Seattle Bans Foreign-Influenced Corporations From Political Spending in Local Elections

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/14/awesome-brilliant-necessary-seattle-bans-foreign-influenced-corporations-political

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So, will this initiate a free speech law suit like everything else the right-wing doesn’t agree with?

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LOL, Oh , I love this Seattle. Amazon and others can’t infest the city council. Last year they put in 1.5 million and the people Amazon supported—LOST! Ha!
Oh but wait! If these immigrating corporations try to sneak in----will we throw them into rooms with cold floors and give them tinfoil like blankets to keep warm? Nope-- Seattle will just forbid the Big corporations from trying to wipe out democracy. Thanks Seattle City Council.: )

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Citizens United is THE threat not foreign content. Who can tell where content comes from anyway? If’s the domestic corporations and elites that legally operate/corrupt the process. A friend called “corporate capture” of governing.

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Anybody who still uses Amazon (yes, there are alternatives) and Facebook (send pictures of grandma through the mail) need not talk about the importance of democracy.

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"Seattle’s law should spark a national movement to protect our democratic self-government," said Ron Fein, legal director for Free Speech for People. "If what Seattleites call ‘the other Washington’ won’t lead, then Seattle will."
A good finish to the article! It certainly bears repeating, and a lot of thought.
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As a Seattle resident who proudly voted for Kshama Sawant (in the photo), a declared socialist, I am mildly pleased with this. But please don’t harbor any delusions regarding Seattle. Whatever cachet it ever had as a bulwark of progressive thought and/or action evaporated decades ago (if it ever really existed in a town built by Weyerhaeuser and Boeing in the midst of multiple military installations). With the tech invasion started by Microsoft, Seattle became “Neoliberalville.” Yes, Seattle and King County dominate state politics and reliably seat Democrats at all levels of government, but that’s part of the problem, innit, now that the Democrats are avowed neoliberals. You can see it in the skyrocketing cost of housing, the homeless on the streets, absolutely regressive taxation (a State problem that never gets addressed or resolved by all these Democrats), the transportation problems without solution, and the fact that several of the wealthiest people on the planet call this home. Seattle is a neoliberal’s wet dream.

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Proud to say that I am Amazon and Facebook-free.

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I am sure slimy Bezos will go running to the Supremes to reverse this. Money talks.
Boycott Amazon there are lots of alternatives; lots cheaper. Amazon’s goal is to be the uber monopoly. If that ever happens they could dictate consumer pricing, as all monopolies do when they corner the market enough.

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Took long enough. I can’t understand why any vested interests are allowed to finance political elections but allowing overseas interests to do so is just beyond belief. What a waste of time. https: //mtkass .blogspot.com/2018/01/wasted-effort.html
Who pays the piper calls the tune

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Am in somewhat agreement with you, but every little bit counts.
The regressive taxation is a state issue not Seattle. The Washington State Constitution bans income taxes. This dates from early 20th century. There have been many attempts to by pass this, all have failed as the brilliant citizens of nerd city or state vote them down. Even the last surtax which was promoted by the father of one the world’s richest men went down. It would only have effected those making over (I recall) $200,000 and the money would go to education. Dum dum a diddly dumb.
This is a city which in the '60’s was offered a comprehensive subway system with 90% Federal funding thanks to Warren Magnuson. Voted down.
Seattle has an ordinance prohibiting new development unless infrastructure to accommodate it is built. Interesting as Amazon expands Metro reduces service.
Yes you are right. Seattle is a mixed bag of stupidity occasionally crossed by brilliant gesture.

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Nicely said! I did recognize regressive taxation as a state issue in my parenthetical comment. Your expansion of that is helpful, so thanks.

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Applause for Seattle, once again.

This is where the progress can come, in these local operations that are not too high on the big crime and politics radar.

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This is a good move! But why does something which is no more than common sense take an inordinate amount of time to come to fruition and then reality. The fight, a word is dislike, has become a war, another word I do not like.

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Read the " Powell Memorandum of 1971 " by Powell.

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The way I see it is why the foreign influence thing is the motivator, when majority owned American corporations behave in such ways that go against the interest of ordinary citizens time and time again…just saying…

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I order books from my local bookstore, it’s just as fast and the people who work there are friends.

Facebook? You let algorithms pick your friend’s?

BDS US Corps and support small is good. Create jobs for friends.

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That was my first thought. I expect it is as certain as day follows the night. Most probably though, Seattle will be free of the million dollar outsized influence for the upcoming election. Courts can respond rapidly though when there is enough money and they could place a stay on the legislation. We’ll see.

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Confused. I thought Dems were all about globalism a few years ago. Globalism implies that just about any political figure or business entity will be foreign influenced somewhat. Odd that people hate the very entities that fund their communities.

Simply doesn’t seem realistic given how the world works today. Maybe if the clocks said 850 AD and we were all still surfs and completely isolated to our local communities. Lol