Salomon’s campaign, and special interests, spend over $235K to unseat progressive State Senator Maralyn Chase

Stand For Children and Washington Realtors Political Action Committee, together with Jesse Salmon’s campaign, have spent over $235,000 to unseat Senator Maralyn Chase, according to the Public Disclosure Commission website.

This PDC page lists independent expenditures for the Jesse Salomon campaign, reproduced below:

In addition to benefiting from those Independent Expenditures, the Salomon campaign itself spent $158,810.66. (source)

Direct (non-independent) contributors to the Salomon campaign include Monsanto, Chevron, and Merck.

Stand for Children cloaked their identity on some flyers by donating to REALTOR PAC for hit flyers. See this article for more on the weird web of connections between SFC and REALTORS PAC.

What does Stand [for Children] stand for now?

  • Closing neighborhood schools
  • Expanding charter schools
  • Evaluating teachers using unreliable standardized test scores
  • Replacing teachers with “online learning”

Who does Stand really speak for? Not parents. Not children.

SFC is a front for corporations, hedge funders and investment bankers who have thrown their wealth behind a national campaign to destroy teachers unions and privatize our public schools. Bill Gates, the Walmart family, New Profit venture fund, J P Morgan Chase, etc. have donated millions to SFC over the past 2-3 years, allowing it to expand to Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Local one-percenters who donate to Stand For Children include Connie Ballmer, Jeff Bezos, Vulcan Inc., and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The PDC website is not always clear.  Viewing various of their pages reveals more and more about the web of donations.

Stand for Children’s and WA Realtors’ suspicious campaign spending

According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, STAND FOR CHILDREN PAC spent $456,189.36 in 2018, much of it for “MAILER Independent expenditures” and “DIGITAL Ad Campaign Independent Expenditures.” Here’s a partial list of their expenditures.

Itemized expenditures: 456,189.36

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“Stand for Children  is a front for corporations, hedge funders and investment bankers who have thrown their wealth behind a national campaign to destroy teachers unions and privatize our public schools. Bill Gates, the Walmart family, New Profit venture fund, J P Morgan Chase, etc. have donated millions to SFC over the past 2-3 years, allowing it to expand to Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.” More about SFC here: http://parentsacrossamerica.org/parents-know-the-truth-about-stand-for-children/
You can see the candidates SFC supported in 2018 here.

This query page at the PDC website says that STAND FOR CHILDREN WASHINGTON PAC paid $32,250.00 to WA REALTORS PAC, in 2018.

WA REALTORS PAC, 2018

Cash contributions: 1,096,130.38
In-kind contributions: 90,878.50

Top 45 contributors to this campaign

Amounts shown are aggregate totals of cash and in-kind contributions.

Why is STAND FOR CHILDREN giving money to the realtors’ PAC?

WA REALTORS PAC spent  $1,697,622.64 in 2018.  What are they trying to buy?

Jesse Salomon, candidate for State Senate in the 32nd LD, is a beneficiary of spending by both these PACs. According to this PDC page, Salomon received:

Friends of Cindy Ryu, Elect Jesse Salomon and Elect Lauren Davis used the deceptive name, “Democratic Team” to hide their identities to contribute “Est 28K.”  All of these are listed under “Contributions to Salomon.” I wonder if it’s a campaign violation for other candidates to mis-identify themselves as ‘Democratic Team.”

Unlike her opponent, Senator Chase does not rely on deceptive negative ads, nor take the big bucks from Monsanto, Chevron, Merck and pro-charter school privatizers such as STAND FOR CHILDREN.

Seattle Public Municipal Bank Forum, Dec 10

Join

Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata,
State Senator Bob Hasegawa,
Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute,
the Seattle Public Bank Coalition,
and experts in public banking for a

public forum on

A Municipal Bank for Seattle

Dec 10 at 7pm

University Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle

Seattle could have a public bank for public lending. Once the city capitalizes the bank, it can act like any bank by creating loans for local needs.

1. Public banks can lend for local needs at rates that the global Wall Street banks are unlikely to find attractive.

2. A public bank can reduce a city’s reliance on expensive private bond issuance, reducing the costs of capital projects by 30-40%.

3. A city government can finance its projects through its own bank. The city earns interest, making more projects possible or lowering the tax burden.

4. A public bank as it grows, can partner with community banks and credit unions to support small business with lending at reasonable rates.

Sponsors

Seattle Public Bank Coalition
www.seattlepublicbankcoalition.org
Public Banking Institute
www.publicbankinginstitute.org
University Temple, United Methodist Church


Quote from Martin Luther King County Labor Council Executive Secretary/Treasurer David Freiboth:

We are all too aware of the misery wrought upon ordinary citizens by an under-regulated and out of control financial sector. After years of deregulation the banking system is no better than it was preceding the Great Recession. That reason alone is enough to bring some sanity to our financial sector through public banking.

DeFazio on the secret Trans Pacific Partnership "free trade" negotiations

US Representative Peter DeFazio addresses Congress on the pitfalls of the secret “free” trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. This video predates Japan joining the TPP . . . listen to the “hit” the US car industry will take with Japan joining . . . it also predates US Representative Alan Grayson actually getting a chance to view the document, who ultimately said it was a “huge punch in the face to the middle class of America.” He further said, “The TPP is nicknamed “NAFTA on steroids.” Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. I can’t tell you what’s in the agreement, because the U.S. Trade Representative calls it classified. But I can tell you two things about it.1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.

2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.”

Final conclusion from US Representative DeFazio, “Kiss our economy good bye if this secret agreement goes through.”

Watch the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdulbFcyC-c#t=115

Please find your STATE ACTION GROUP atwww.facebook.com/ExposetheTPP.USA Join other concerned citizens in your area to help stop the TPP and Fast Track. NO ON TPP Flyers and other resources available here too.

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley's sentence

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley’s sentence: Major General Buchanan,

The persecution of Bradley Manning, who honored his duty by reporting war crimes, is a dishonor to the U.S. military and government. The abuse he has suffered in prison is a crime, prohibited both by Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution.

The most significant crimes in this case were perpetrated by the U.S. military and the U.S. government. I am outraged and shamed by the violations of our constitution, international treaty and the abuse of the rights of U.S. citizens. Our country and the U.S military must be held to higher standards than this!

Please reduce Bradley Manning’s sentence to time served.

Thank you, Linda Boyd

Call the new general’s Public Affairs Office at 202-685-2900

Political movements as spiritual conversion?

I have said that a ‘movement’ may be only possible if people experience a political shift on the level of a spiritual conversion. Here it is at work! When they get arrested, they’re calling it “bearing witness.” These people know how to send love and support to those who are willing to sacrifice their personal comfort for the cause. I spent a summer in Raleigh, and found it to be a segregated town, with a noticeable number of people involved in the arts and alternative lifestyle. These people are tapping into the better parts of deep culture and are worth supporting.

9 Ways to Organize the Next Civil Rights Movement

Seattle City Council, Position 2: Kshama Sawant

He may look goofy, but Richard Conlin isn’t just a huge-headed tooth balloon—he’s arguably the most destructive member of the Seattle City Council.

He has claimed to be a progressive environmentalist during his 16 years on the council, when in fact he has spent those four terms helping to kill mass transit, build new highways, and seek harsh penalties for panhandlers. He’s not a progressive; he’s a green-washing liberal fraud. Sure, Conlin has served on the Sound Transit board and prized a bill to legalize backyard pygmy goats—which shows how much he lervz the earth—but as council president, Conlin hampered real environmental progress: He brought votes to suspend funding of the city’s Transit Master Plan while leaving the city’s Bicycle Master Plan mostly unfunded. Conlin backed building a wider, six-lane 520 bridge that still lacks $2 billion in funding for Seattle’s side of the project. He championed a deep-bore tunnel (dishonestly calling it a “green alternative”) that won’t accommodate any mass transit. And Conlin ignored environmental reviews for the tunnel in the name of expediting highway construction, while arguing in favor of environmental reviews as a means to delay mass transit projects and homeless shelters.

On human rights, Conlin’s record is terrible: He was the only “no” vote on the council on a bill to require paid sick leave. He also ignored the Seattle Human Rights Commission, appointed by the mayor and council, which unanimously opposed new penalties for aggressive panhandling (which is already a criminal offense), because they violated due process in court and provided a fast track to jail. “The proposed ordinance does not comply with human rights standards,” the commission found. What did Conlin do? He rushed the bill to a vote and voted for it anyway (Mayor McGinn later vetoed the bill).

In other words, don’t vote for that snake-oil-sweating charlatan.

In this race, the clear choice to represent Seattle is Kshama Sawant. Despite her “Socialist Alternative” label, there isn’t anything particularly radical about the core of Sawant’s progressive agenda. She promotes a $15 an hour minimum wage and new taxes on the wealthy to bolster funding for mass transit, while cutting taxes on small businesses, homeowners, and workers.

An Occupy Seattle organizer and economics instructor at Seattle Central Community College, Sawant—who is sharp as a tack and loud as an air horn—brings a lefty perspective that would widen the council’s ideological spectrum and make the progressive council member Mike O’Brien seem more moderate in comparison. We wouldn’t want a council filled with Sawants. But we don’t want a council filled with sniveling, prevaricating Conlins, either—and that’s pretty much what we have now.

Brian Carver, another challenger in the race, hasn’t shown the spine our council needs. But Sawant has—vote Sawant.

Restorative Justice Issue Call, Saturday

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For those who have RSVP’d to attend this event, don’t forget the call is this Saturday!

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please read on…

Don,

California’s justice system appears blind–blind to the inhumanity of its prison system. Inmates in California are still protesting torturous solitary confinement and other inhumane conditions in a hunger strike, which has been ongoing since last week.

The US has more inmates in prisons and jails than any other country. Prisons have become big business through privatization, and they have real economic and social consequences.

On Saturday July 27, Justice Party Vice Presidential candidate Luis Rodriguez will speak about restorative justice. We invite you to join us!

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Saturday, July 27
12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10AM MT, 9AM PT
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Luis will be joined by his son Ramiro in a discussion of restorative justice, why it is important to the individuals involved and our communities, and how to get involved. In addition, we’ll learn what others are doing to prevent incarceration, especially among young men living in urban communities of color.

Please RSVP and mark your calendar for July 27. We’ll send you the call-in information in an email acknowledgement after you register.

We encourage you to invite friends and family members to join us for this timely and important discussion.

Yours for Justice,

The Justice Party National Steering Committee