So far, every candidate backed by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce is running on a bit of money from Trump donors. Not much, but not none. And with $3,100 from six different people, District 3 challenger Egan Orion is running on the most.
Back in August he returned $500 of that to ICE's landlord, Martin Selig, because Selig "doesn't represent D3 values." Orion still has $500 from Jordan Selig, Martin's daughter, who is "likely to take over" dad's company, according to Bloomberg, and who also maxed out in donations to Ari Hoffman during the primary. But Bloomberg calls her an "environmentalist," so who cares, right?
Anyhow, that leaves the matter of what Orion plans to do with the $2,600 he's taken from people who have given money to the worst American. Pay the rent he should owe to Ian Eisenberg? Unlikely, according to an Orion staffer working a text-banking shift last week.
Last Tuesday, because I'm listed in the D3 voter file, "Akansha [Bhat] with Egan Orion's campaign" texted to ask if I had any questions before I voted. I asked if this was the same Orion who had taken money from Trump donors. After a day of silence, Bhat said, "Due to campaign finance laws we can't donate the funds right now, and we don't want to just give the money back to the donors. Once the campaign is over, we are donating the money to charities and organizations that work to help refugees and immigrants."
So, Selig gets his money back. But Orion will use the $2,600 from the other donors, who also clearly don't "represent D3 values," to try to beat Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant, and then donate it to organizations that work to help refugees and immigrants.
Orion's campaign didn't respond to multiple requests for comment about why Selig gets his money back and not the other donors, but we can all rest easy about the fact that, ultimately, after Orion wins or loses, he'll do the right thing.