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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wal-Mart joins forces with Costco to peddle Initiative 1100 (liquor deregulation)

Retail behemoth Costco Wholesale has found a new ally willing to help it buy votes to pass its initiative to deregulate the state-administered liquor system: Wal-Mart.

Yes, you read that right. Wal-Mart may be Costco's biggest business rival, but the misers who run the world's biggest retailer are just as greedy as the more likable executives who run Costco. They've got dollar signs in their eyes too. That's why, yesterday, they dumped $40,000 into the till for Initiative 1100.

The Beast from Bentonville is just the latest out-of-state conglomerate shoveling money into one of the deceptively-named campaigns serving as a front for powerful corporate interests. The list keeps getting longer. It now includes BP (yes, that BP), Tesoro, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Bank of America, USBank, Wells Fargo, Liberty Mutual, the American Beverage Association (a.k.a. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and their bottlers) and Safeway.

The common thread that unites I-1053, I-1082, I-1107, I-1100 and I-1105 is simple: Greed. Times are tough and the big corporations I just named are looking to get ahead at the expense of everybody else. They're trying to rewrite the rules in their favor, while publicly claiming that their schemes are in the public interest. In reality, their schemes will destroy our quality of life.

We have to stop them.

On or before November 2nd, take a stand against the biggest corporate power grab in Washington's history. Vote NO on 1053, 1082, 1107, 1100, and 1105.


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