Seattle councilwoman charged over work toward ‘Amazon tax’

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s elections watchdog has charged a city councilwoman with violating the law by using her office to promote a potential ballot measure that would tax Amazon and other large companies to pay for things like affordable housing. The Seattle Times reports the charges against Kshama Sawant were filed Monday. In a statement Tuesday, Sawant described the matter as a misunderstanding and said her office has changed its operations to ensure compliance moving ahead. The socialist won a third term in November following efforts by Amazon and other business interests to oust her.