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  1. Good luck getting the city to do anything, much less file an injunction. The mayor is very pro-business and it won’t look good if he tries to shut down any business that could bring revenue and jobs to this dying town. 

  2. Good luck getting the city to do anything, let alone file an injunction. The mayor is very pro-business and it won’t look good if he tries to shut down any business that could bring revenue and jobs to this dying town. 

I have to say the number one is actual text taken from ESlPOD.COM It was my intuation that the " much less" here means " let alone". Source: http://www.eslpod.com/website/show_podcast.php?issue_id=15193106

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In your context both phrases much less + do something and let alone + do something are interchangeable and are used in a negative context to add to one item another denoting something less likely, not even to take it into account, to an even greater degree.

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Both mean the same thing in the statements you showed us. They have a bad/negative meaning and in this case it means it's very unlikely to happen.

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