Isn't It Weird That

Isn't It Weird That...

A weird thing we noticed about "99 percenter" and socialist city council candidate Kshama Sawant.

By Erica C. Barnett October 9, 2013

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Kshama Sawant, the Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College professor and socialist candidate who's running against City Council incumbent Richard Conlin, has declared herself a representative of the "99 percent." She's said she won't take any "corporate money," that the current council only represents "Paul Allen and the richest 1%, along with Amazon, Starbucks, big property developers, and downtown business interests," and pushed for employee ownership of the nation's 500 biggest corporations, including Microsoft.

Talking to the Socialist Alternative website during her 2012 write-in race against state house Speaker Frank Chopp, Sawant asked, "In a time of growing unemployment, poverty, student debt, and massive budget cuts to education, healthcare, and public transit, how can we afford to continue giving handouts to corporate behemoths like Boeing and Microsoft when they are sitting on billions in profits?"

So isn't it weird that, according to a financial disclosure document filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission, Sawant's husband (whom Sawant listed as a source of her income) makes "$100,000 or more" (potentially a lowball number for his income given that $100,000 is the the largest amount that's possible to report on the form)—as an engineer at Microsoft? (Microsoft is also the top identified employer of Sawant's contributors.)

Sawant's financial disclosure report also lists her own income at her part-time jobs as between $4,000 and $19,999, and assets in two accounts—a checking account and an insurance fund—that are each worth between $40,000 and $99,999.

Taking the minimum possible amount for all their incomes and assets, then, the Sawants have at least $80,000 in their accounts and together earn at least $108,000, though the true amount is probably higher.

That's a pretty big chunk of change for a self-proclaimed representative of "the 99 percent."

Sawant has not returned our call nor email for comment. 

UPDATE: As noted, I've called Sawant multiple times and emailed her directly; she has not responded to any of my attempts to reach her.

In a post on her campaign blog, Sawant said she is separated from her husband but has not divorced him for "emotional" and "private" reasons. That's none of our business, but the fact remains that she lists him under the income portion of her official financial disclosure form for the state's Public Disclosure Commission. That's what we reported, and it's true.

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