Liquor Laws

Dollars Adding Up Fast on Both Sides of the New Booze Initiative

Publicola has the numbers.

September 21, 2011

Here’s Britney at a liquor store with her sunglasses on. (“So, lahk, y’all can’t recognize me and stuff.”)

A month and a half ahead of Election Day, and total moneys raised on both sides of liquor privatization are already approaching last year’s numbers, Publicola reported Tuesday.

The deep-pocketed, private-liquor-initiative-loving Costco has contributed five million dollars to the cause, about 96 percent of total funds raised in favor of I-1183, the privatization initiative upon which we will vote this November.

But Protect Our Communities—that’s what the anti-privatization people are calling themselves—beat out the big-box chain, raising $6.1 million via contributions from interested parties like Hood River Distillers and Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.

So together, that adds up to 11.1 million bucks spent for and against privatization this year so far. The total amount raised last year to promote and defeat Costco’s I-1100 was $15 million.

Read the full article on Publicola.

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