Last May, just weeks before the Seattle City Council was forced to rescind its own “head” tax, political insiders across the state began getting unusual inquiries from a heavy hitter in Seattle politics.

The political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, a key opponent of the head tax, was quietly preparing for another, even bolder fight: a campaign to flip the Seattle City Council in 2019.

Although the inquiries didn’t mention names, it was clear the chamber’s political action committee, Civic Al…
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