In June 2010, Alcohol Justice (formerly Marin Institute) published the results of a research study, “A Lot of Bang for Booze Bucks: Big Alcohol’s 2009 Campaign Donations and Lobbying Expenditures in California.
Although 2009 was not an election year for the California legislature, the alcohol industry spent more than $3 million on campaign donations, contributions to political action committees, and lobbying at the state level. Legislators who accepted contributions from Big Alcohol sponsored forty-one bills on issues ranging from alcohol advertising and purchasing, to agriculture, utilities, labor, and other regulations.
Moreover, in the midst of what may be the worst fiscal crisis California has ever seen, legislators shot down a proposed increase in alcohol excise taxes. The alcohol industry also succeeded in defeating a proposed mitigation fee to help offset the $8 billion in harm that alcohol consumption costs state and local governments each year.
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