Wine Retailers Protest Domination by Alcohol Wholesalers

How does the alcohol industry influence politics? The Specialty Wine Retailers Association, a sector of the industry fearful of domination by alcohol wholesalers, recently released a report called Toward Liquor Domination How Alcohol Wholesalers, Time and Money Have Corrupted the American Alcohol Industry —A Study of Political Money and the Alcohol industry from 2005 to 2010.  It states that in the three election cycles between 2005 and 2010, American alcohol wholesalers have spent $82 million on contributions to federal and state political campaigns and federal lobbying efforts. The report also charges that “the success of the American alcohol wholesaler in buying protection from competition has put the other sectors of the alcohol industry under their control, reduced state tax revenues, and severely lim­ited consumer access to new products.”