It takes more than wine to buy off this politician
What’s it cost to get a self-serving Bill introduced into the Michigan legislature? Apparently a mere $12,000.
That’s how much Michigan State representative Chris Ward (R) received from the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Associations gave to Ward during his last election campaign. And it turns out that this was the largest contribution to a single Michigan legislator made by the wholesalers.
And what did they get? Ward is the chief sponsor of a bill completely outlawing all forms of direct shipping in Michigan, a policy that will over turn 30 years of Michigan wineries being able to ship wine to Michigan residents.
So, as long as Mr. Ward’s activities in the Michigan Legislature are for sale, I have a proposal.
Let’s start the "Chris Ward Wine Education Fund". I’m sure that between wine lovers across the country, some Michigan wineries and maybe a few entrepreneurs we can gather up $13,000 for the "continuing wine education of Rep. Chris Ward." In return, we’d only ask that he introduce legislation allowing direct shipping.