Politics' Push And Pull On The Alcohol Industry

Elizabeth Balboa of Byzinga wrote an interesting piece looking into the partisan breakdown of alcohol politics. As she reports, booze policy -- both reform efforts and resistance to reforms -- often blurs party lines:

We know that the fate of some industries better aligns with one political party over others. We’d never expect cannabis growers to vote Republican, and, at least last election cycle, private prisons were disincentivized to vote Democrat.

But beer, wine and liquor producers seem less resolute.

Having contributed $2,765,142 to Democrats (44 percent) and $3,586,830 (56 percent) to Republicans in 2016 PAC contributions, according to Open Secrets data, it seems the sector’s constituent companies can’t decide which party serves their communal interest.

The issue is, in part, the state-by-state, county-by-county, city-by-city variability in alcohol laws...

The whole article is very much worth reading: https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/06/9558471/politics-push-and-pull-on-the-alcohol-industry#/null