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UPDATE: As one of Working Washington's tweets included in this post indicate, Amazon has reportedly announced this morning it will not renew membership in the

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Photos: Protestors Gather at Seattle Art Museum to Give Amazon an Earful

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UPDATE: As one of Working Washington's tweets included in this post indicate, Amazon has reportedly announced this morning it will not renew membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

As was expected, protestors rallying against Seattle's Amazon.com during a shareholders meeting this morning at the Seattle Art Museum gathered on damp sidewalks to voice their displeasure over what the group alleges is the company's tax-dodging ways along with its affiliation with the lobbying organization ALEC.

Put together by Working Washington, the rally was billed as a chance for the 99% to give Amazon's Jeff Bezos and other CEOs in attendance for the shareholder's meeting an earful for mistreating workers and other "corporate indulgences." People waving signs stood outside the museum while many others reportedly infiltrated the shareholder's meeting inside.

"Probably [Amazon's relationship with] ALEC," says protestor Michael Righi when asked why he took the time to wave a sign this morning. Righi says he heard about the protest through MoveOn.org and the Working Washington website.

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"Amazon really isn't a very good corporate citizen," continues Righi. "[The company gives] Very little in the way of public contributions ... low wages for their warehouse workers. So, you know, they need to shape up."

Today's rally culminated a week's worth of protest against Amazon, in which banners were hung over Interstate 5, rallies were undertaken at Amazon headquarters and a weighted soccer match was even held.

Also part of the protest efforts, Working Washington's website says the following "99% Theses" was left at the doors of Amazon's top executives and its Board of Directors.

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On its website Working Washington describes the reasoning behind its protesting efforts:

Amazon still supports the ultra-right wing corporate lobbying group ALEC. This organization routinely writes "model legislation" that actively fights workers' rights, creates more tax loopholes for big corporations, and erodes the social safety net that too many of us rely on in this still tough economy.

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We will be inside the shareholder meeting raising the important questions. Why does Amazon support ALEC? Why does Amazon continue to treat its warehouse workers so poorly? Why does Amazon not pay its fair share in taxes? We'll ask directly to the executives and CEO Jeff Bezos.

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I've reached out to Amazon for comment on Working Washington's concerns and the company has yet to respond. If and when Amazon does respond I'll update this post accordingly.

What do protestors hope today's rally and similar events will accomplish?

"Just bring some public attention to the fact that these kinds of things are going on and corporations are having an outsized influence on legislatures," says Righi.

"Corporations are in it to make profit for their owners, so I don't have a whole lot of faith in the long run, but still we need to point out that this is the way they behave and there need to be public laws prohibiting corporate influence on democracy.

"I don't think Amazon is necessarily going to change its ways unless the laws force it to."

Updates from the protest were provided by Working Washington via Twitter. By 10 a.m. the protestors were claiming victory.

Here are some pictures from this morning's protest:

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