Trader Joe’s Joins Costco as Big Donor to Liquor Initiative

on 10/08/11 at 10:15 am

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Costco is no longer the sole donor to I-1183, the liquor privatization measure on this November’s ballot. The measure takes the state out of the liquor store business and allows large scale retailers—at least 10,000 square feet—to sell booze in exchange for 17 percent of their annual liquor revenue.

Under the measure, the state would still regulate liquor sales.

California-based retailer Trader Joe’s has contributed $50,000. Costco has contributed $1.06 million in cash plus another $1 million in in-kind contributions. The Washington Restaurant Association and the Northwest Grocery Association have also made in-kind contributions, about $15,000 and $1,000 respectively.

The opposition campaign has raised $27,000, a single contribution from the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union Local 21 which represents state liquor store employees.

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