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According to the Washington Post, Amazon put $1.5 million toward Seattle City Council races this cycle, via a business-interest group to support an opponent of that spent nearly half a million dollars in support of Kshama Sawant, who has pledged to raise taxes on the retail giant. In the end, Amazon lost the race.


  1. What party is Kshama affiliated with?
  2. How much of the vote did she receive?
  3. Explain her “head tax ” and why big business is against her.


Knowles, H. (2019). Amazon spent $1.5 million on Seattle City Council races. The socialist it opposed has won. The Washington Post, Nov. 10 (Retrievable online at