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July 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Seattle City Council campaign fueled by international spiritual organization

The campaign of one candidate for Seattle City Council has been funded in large part by an occasionally controversial international spiritual organization called the Art of Living Foundation.

Brian Carver, a 34-year-old Amazon.com employee who is challenging Councilmember Richard Conlin, is listed as the Art of Living’s Seattle contact on its website. He does not make a point of talking about that on the campaign trail, and the organization is not mentioned on his campaign site.

But a review of disclosure documents filed with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission indicates that of Carver’s top 50 donors, at least 34 of them are members of the Art of Living. Many are leaders in the group. Most do not live in Seattle or Washington state.

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