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Amazon spends big to remake Seattle's liberal City Council

SEATTLE — Seven of the nine Seattle City Council seats are up for grabs in next month’s election, and Amazon sees a big opportunity to reshape the politics of its liberal hometown.

The online retail giant has made unprecedented donations totalling $1.5 million to a political action committee that’s supporting a slate of candidates perceived to be friendlier to business.

Among the company’s top targets is socialist council member Kshama Sawant, a fierce critic of Amazon.

But the company’s big-money push into Seattle politics could backfire, as critics rally to support more liberal candidates.

Gene Johnson, The Associated Press