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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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April 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Second candidate files to run against Richard Conlin

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has drawn a second challenger: Brian Carver, an Amazon.com manager who says education, police department reform and user-friendly transit are the keys to his second Seattle City Council campaign. Carver lost in the 2009 primary for Sally Bagshaw’s seat. “We need to do all these things while staying true to our…

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