really wants to sell booze.
The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000
to Oregonians for Competition,
the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon.
Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission
buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of state-licensed liquor stores and a few grocery stores that are part of a pilot program.
A coalition of grocery stores has been circulating initiative petitions to allow for private sales. Lawmakers failed to make progress
on legislation in February that would avoid a costly ballot fight in November.
With the mammoth contribution it has just made, Fred Meyer leaves no doubt the grocers will move aggressively toward asking voters to dismantle a liquor sales system that has been in effect since the end of Prohibition.