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Liquor Privatization Campaign Kicks Off in Oregon

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 9:40am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.

The Oregonian 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.

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