Alcohol Wholesalers and Regulators Caught Red Handed in Collusion
Read this link (“Georgia Beer Brewers: State Sold Us Out to Distributors”). It will outline perfectly the corrupting impact of the state mandated three-tier system, demonstrate how large, powerful, state-protected wholesalers exert a corrupting influence on lawmakers and regulators and outline a very specific instance in which regulators worked hand in hand with wholesalers in an alliance to maintain the regulatory status quo to the disadvantage of consumers and producers.
In the case of the George Department of Revenue’s unethical alliance with alcohol wholesalers reported by the Atlanta Constitution Journal, we actually have emails that demonstrate the alcohol regulators deeply in bed with wholesalers to thwart the will of the legislature in an effort to protect wholesaler profits.
The only real question left is whether the regulators secretly accepted bribes, if they did accept bribes how much did they get and the extent to which regulators were pressured by Georgia lawmakers to change well-defined rules that ended up screwing craft brewers. What is not at issue is whether or not numerous employees at the Georgia Department of Revenue should be fired for their unethical bond with state’s alcohol wholesalers.
This only reiterates a point that everyone in the wine, beer and spirits business knows and what more and more consumers understand: The greatest threat the well-being of the American wine, beer and spirits industries is the state-mandated use of wholesalers and the greatest threat to consumer access to wine is the power the state grants to wholesalers who spend huge amounts of money lawmakers, lobbyists and regulators in order to protect themselves from having to fairly compete, let alone offer service of any value.