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  • Oregon liquor privatization campaign gets rolling

  • PORTLAND, Ore. — The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.
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  • PORTLAND, Ore. — The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.
    The Oregonian reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.
    It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.
    Oregonians for Competition filed petitions two weeks ago that could lead to a ballot measure asking voters whether to privatize liquor sales. It would allow most stores that already sell beer and wine to sell hard liquor.
    Grocers and Costco led a successful privatization effort two years ago in Washington.
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