March 13th, 2014 3:17 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Legislature, Politics, Business

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign

Fred Meyer 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.
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