Ethics complaint filed against Kshama Sawant – is the left in Seattle fighting?

By Neal McNamara | March 18, 2014
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It appears that the political left is fighting against itself in Seattle.

According to the Seattle Times, an activist with the Democracy Workshop has filed an ethics complaint against Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative party, and the 15 Now minimum wage group.

Activist Elizabeth Campbell alleges in a 50-page complaint that Sawant and the two political organizations have not registered as either lobbyists or political organizations, and that they have not reported any campaign contributions.

“There’s conflict on the far left,” KTTH host David Boze commented.

Sawant did not immediately speak to the Seattle Times about the ethics complaint, but Philip Locker, a national director for the Socialist Alternative party told the paper, “We’ve made every effort to comply and have complied with [Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission] guidelines and rules. [Sawant] never made any secret of her political affiliations or political views.”

Meanwhile, it appears Sawant has backed off on her “demand” that Seattle enact a $15 minimum wage immediately. She would support a three-year phase in for small businesses and human service organizations, Boze reported on Tuesday morning.

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