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Soft Drinks, Hard Lobbying

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"The industry gave more than $96,000 to Council candidates in 2014 and 2015. That's not quite as much as it contributed in the two years before the 2011 elections, when Nutter was actively pursuing the levy, but it is still a sizable pot.

About half that money has come from Harold and Lynne Honickman and their children, who own the Honickman group of companies, one of the largest soda distributors in the mid-Atlantic region. Their Pepsi and Canada Dry bottling operations in New Jersey provide nearly 20 percent of the city's soft drinks.

Harold and Lynne Honickman are philanthropists who also count among their interests gun control and the arts.

In 2014 and 2015, the Honickman family gave more than $50,000 to 15 Council candidates, all but one of whom are currently members of the body.

Also swelling Council members coffers has been the Liberty Bell Beverage PAC (a state political committee funded by PepsiCo Inc., Coca-Cola's PAC, and the state beverage association) and the Teamsters.

Notably absent from City Hall in recent years has been the American Beverage Association. After the 2011 soda fight, the association poured $400,000 into lobbying in 2012. But then its spending dried up. The association was not even a registered lobbyist in Philadelphia in 2015.

On Monday, three days after news of Kenney's tax proposal broke, the association renewed its registration."

Full article here - articles.philly.com/2016


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    I have SO HAD IT with soft drinks!!!!!!!!! I don't wish anyone ill will but I'VE HAD IT with all large processed "food" companies. I hope they go bankrupt.
    1596 days ago
    Shame, I hope they get it passed. Hopefully the idea of funding universal Pre-K with a sin tax on sugary junk will make it more palatable (pun intended!).
    1597 days ago
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