March 31st, 2014 12:19 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Politics, Business, Legislature

Fred Meyer, Safeway Disclose Huge Contributions to OLCC Privatization Measure


Two grocery chains pursuing the privatization of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today disclosed $1.156 million in new contributions to committees aimed at placing the issue on the November ballot.

The privatization campaign, Oregonians for Competition, has now hit $2.01 million in contributions. The group has several initiative committees moving forward with various draft versions of a privatization measure.

Today, Fred Meyer, a subsidiary of Cinncinnati-based Kroger, contributed $250,000 each to two different committees. The donations bring Fred Meyer's contributions to the liquor privatization effort to $1 million, including money the company gave earlier in March.

Safeway today disclosed even larger contributions, giving two checks totaling $656,000. That brings Safeway's total contributions to $814,000.

Should Oregonians for Competition qualify for the ballot, we can expect to see a lot more money flow into the battle for the future of booze in Oregon. 

In 2011, a similar campaign in Washington—which did result in privatization—saw the expenditure of more than $30 million, two-thirds of that from Costco alone.

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