The corporate war over Washington State's liquor laws now has the distinction of being the most heavily funded initiative battle in state history, with combined contributions from the two sides sides totaling $25 million. The previous record was $16.5 million last year over I-1107, a measure to repeal a soda tax, according to records at the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.
In favor of Initiative 1183, which would end the state's monopoly on retail sales of hard liquor, the Costco-backed campaign contributed another $2.3 million to the effort last week, election records show, bringing the Yes on 1183 Coalition contributions up to $13.5 million. The other side of the liquor fight is the massive conglomerate of liquor wholesalers, funding the dishonest Protect Our Communities—who are lying, lying, and lying—which has reported $11.5 million in donations.
This isn't what democracy looks like. Well, this isn't what it should look like. This is a hijacking of the initiative process for a corporate pissing match, between a company that wants to sell liquor and the idiot fucks who sell liquor now and will lie nonstop to do it, over who gets the markup on future liquor sales. Who really wins? Television, cable, web, and radio companies selling $25 million in ads.
Which side will the Stranger Election Control Board endorse (the greedy 1 Percent or the greedy 1 Percent with slightly less money who lie through their teeth)? Stay tuned to Slog. All of our general election picks are coming out very soon.