Recall campaign funded by...stock photo models?
The right-wing, billionaire-backed recall campaign is escalating their dishonest attacks on Councilmember Kshama Sawant. On Friday, the recall sent out a huge 11 X 17 “Recall Report” mailer to 40,000 households, using one of their favorite racist photos of the “angry brown woman” trope beloved by right-wing.
The mailer also features a bold headline saying “Recall Effort is Not Funded by Billionaires” over a photo of a diverse group of people supposedly representing the recall campaign.
There are a couple of problems with this, however. First, the recall has already taken donations from two local billionaires: Trump donor and ICE landlord Martin Selig as well as Jeannie Nordstrom of the union-busting, retail-giant Nordstrom family. Selig in particular has been known to spend big on right wing political causes, such as when he donated $25,000 to help overturn our 2018 Amazon Tax victory.
The recall’s billionaires are joined by a slew of corporate elites and rich Republicans, including Dave Stephenson, the CFO of AirBnB and a former Vice President of Amazon, multiple wealthy real-estate developers and executives, and dozens of major Republican donors, including wealthy Trump donors like Dennis Weibling, Vidur Luthra and Greg Eneil.
And the other problem? The image that seems intended to portray their “diverse mix of working people and seniors” is, in fact, a stock photo titled "Diversity People Group Team Union Concept" belonging to Shutterstock.
[4 square panel of mailer images - can pull from twitter images here]
These lies are nothing new from a campaign founded on alternative facts, including allegations that Kshama broke the law (she did not) and that she disclosed the address and led a protest to Mayor Durkan’s house (she did not, but rather attended and spoke at the invitation of families of the victims of police brutality).
The recall says it represents local ‘concerned citizens’ while painting Kshama’s support as coming from ‘outside agitators’ — a typical right-wing attack. In truth, our campaign has 65% more District 3 donors, with already 845 donors compared to only 511 for the recall campaign. We also have more Seattle donors overall, including from every zip code in the city.
The recall flyer has a map showing our donations from 46 states.
We are proud that working people from nearly every state in the country have chipped in to the Kshama Solidarity Campaign (now from 48 states). This is because working people around the country have been inspired again and again by the impact of Kshama’s socialist city council office..