Consultants Hired To Kick Off Campaign
Thu December 26, 2013
Battle Over Privatizing Liquor In Oregon Begins
The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.
The Oregonian newspaper reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.
It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.
Oregonians for Competition filed petitions two weeks ago that could lead to a ballot measure asking voters whether to privatize liquor sales. It would allow most stores that already sell beer and wine to sell hard liquor.
Grocers and Costco led a successful privatization effort two years ago in Washington State.