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Council members file their financial disclosures (Updated)

(editor’s note: this post is two years old; the most recent financial disclosures can be found here.)


The Honest Elections initiative, better known as I-122, is known for the election campaign voucher system it put in place. But there’s a hidden gem in there as well, which is now codified in Seattle Municipal Code 2.04.165.A.2:

 Every elected official and every candidate for a future election shall after January 1st and before April 15th of each year file with the City Clerk a statement of financial affairs for the preceding calendar year, unless a statement for that same twelve month period has already been filed with the City Clerk. Any elected official whose term of office expires immediately after December 31st shall file the statement required to be filed by this section for the year that ended on that December 31st.

Our nine City Council members all complied with the financial disclosure requirement by the deadline (ok, Council member Johnson was five days late, but good enough for government work, and I’ll cut him some slack since he’s new to the job and it’s a new law). The City Clerk’s office doesn’t automatically post them online, but was very helpful and quick in sending them to me when I asked. And now I’m happy to share them with you.

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Should City Council members encourage law breaking?

This afternoon in the Energy and Environment Committee meeting, the climate-action group 350 Seattle presented their plans for their Break Free PNW “mass action event” involving civil disobedience in Anacortes, May 13-15. Committee chair Kshama Sawant, who invited them to present, closed the session by saying “We will try to promote the protest action as much as possible.”  And that presents a problem, because the participants in Break Free PNW fully intend to break the law.

Council member Kshama Sawant
Council member Kshama Sawant

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