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Amazon Decides to Discriminate Against Minnesota Residents

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:18
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I woke this morning to find an email from :


We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account will be closed and your Amazon Services LLC Associates Program Operating Agreement will be terminated effective June 30, 2013. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional Minnesota state tax collection legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. As a result, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon Site after June 30 nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Minnesota residents.

Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to July 1, 2013, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with your regular advertising fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 30, 2013, any final payments will be paid by August 30, 2013.

While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress. Congressional legislation is the only way to create a simplified, constitutional framework to resolve interstate sales tax issues and it would allow us to re-open our Associates program to Minnesota residents.

We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act.


The Amazon Associates Team

This basically states that Amazon has decided to penalize all MN associate program members becuse of a tax law signed into law on May 23.  This is highly discriminatory and after contact with Governor Dayton’s office I was told that the office has been swamped with calls by 10 am.  At Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office I was told the same.  Action will be taken. it has already been suggested the Governor seek a federal injunction to get closed down until they reverse this criminal policy.

Somewhere along the line corporations have fallen under the delusion that they are somehow outside of or exempt from constitutional restrictions.  This all started with allowing mandatory drug testing a clear violation of the 5th amendment and today we have an entire security/surveilance industry based on violating our rights to privacy.  Time to reign in these corporations who seem to think they can do as they please.

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