Wine and Money
As a follow up to a post on the total amount of campaign contributions alcohol wholesalers and distributors gave to Illinois State politicians in 2008, below is a list of TOTAL STATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY ALCOHOL WHOLESALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS BY STATE.
Factors such as the state of the economy reduced the amount given from the last election cycle. These figures come from www.followthemoney.org. The total is $8,594,204. Sixty-four percent of this total is attributable to contributions in CA, FL, IL, MI and TX alone. These amounts do not include the money wholesalers and distributors spent on lobbying, which amounts to millions more.
On the state VA, check this article in 2003 about then exGovernor, now US Senator, Mark Warner, viticulturist who was selling cabernet franc grapes at that time. The first link is to a press article about his operation six years ago.
This is his website in the senate
If the figure from Maine is accurate, it’s astonishing. Maine’s population is tiny, but the listed expenditure is near the top.
The Maine figure appears to be money donated for a ballot measure to stop beverage taxes on malt liquor, wine and soft drinks. Yes, that appears to be the amount contributed by the wholesalers (about 15% of the ballot’s total $3,656,584), but seems that they were actually lobbying for something you would agree with. So I guess not all their money is bad.
The money here in MI — already one of the top numbers — is compounded by the fact that we didn’t even have Gubernatorial or State Senate elections during the last cycle. This is JUST the House.
Any wonder why they defeated retailer shipping last year?