Amazon is literally run by the world’s richest person. Of course they should pay their taxes. But in the midst of a homelessness crisis in their hometown, Amazon isn’t interested in doing their part.
Instead, they’re making it worse.
Amazon is not only opposing a City Council proposal for a progressive tax on the few hundred largest businesses in Seattle. They’re actually threatening the people of Seattle by claiming they’ll pause construction depending on how and when the City Council votes. That’s not just greed — it’s behavior you might expect from a subprime mob boss lording it over a company town.
It’s also a crime.
Under RCW 9A.76.180, it’s illegal to use threats to intimidate public servants and influence their votes. The company should be prosecuted for it.
Sign on to tell Attorney General Bob Ferguson to prosecute Amazon for their mob boss behavior. Then keep on clicking to send a letter straight to City Council members to let them know that you think Amazon needs to pay.
We know that corporations owned by the richest people in the world typically oppose progressive taxes. And we’ve come to expect that they’ll routinely issue misleading info & make all kinds of wrong predictions about the impacts of progressive moves by public officials. While the Chicken Little routine can be tedious, it’s not a felony.
But issuing threats to cause harm in order to influence the votes of elected officials is a different matter. It’s a criminal act, and it should be treated as such.
If you’re sick of putting up with Amazon’s bullying, take action by sending a letter to Attorney General Ferguson, and then telling the Seattle City Council why you support the proposed tax for homeless services.
The city has heard enough threats from Jeff Bezos — now they need to hear from us.