Seattle City Councilmember Sawant to pay for violating law

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has ratified a settlement agreement with City Councilmember Kshama Sawant in which she admitted improperly using city money and other resources to support a proposed ballot measure. The Seattle Times reports the Monday vote means Sawant must pay the city $3,516. That’s twice the amount she spent to promote a payroll tax on big businesses like Amazon. The decision comes as a recall campaign is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative seeking Sawant’s removal from office. In a statement Tuesday, Sawant described her ethics infraction as minor and blasted the recall effort as a right-wing attempt to quash her support at City Hall for workers and renters.