Wednesday, November 09, 2011

...and CostCo wins it's corporate financed populist plebiscite

Initiative 1183, designed to privatize liquor sales in Washington, showing how the initiative process is flawed for things besides the ever popular legalization of marijuana. This Seattle Times article is amazingly candid about the company's influence on the campaign:

"Beginning June 1, grocery stores in Washington will begin selling liquor.

That's the result of a $22.7 million voter campaign that Costco Wholesale led to kick the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell spirits instead.


The campaign was a battle of corporate interests, with Costco contributing the vast majority of the money for the pro-1183 campaign.

"We are very pleased and grateful to all of the coalition members across the state," said Joel Benoliel, Costco's chief legal officer.

The coalition against I-1183 was financed mostly by wine and liquor distributors, who fear that liquor and wine deregulation in the measure will spread to other states."

One of my friends, who works at Amazon, has said that one of the reasons Jeff Bezos choose to locate Amazon in Washington State is because it has a low population that can be swayed by campaigns if it ever decides to raise taxes.

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