Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Mississippi faces of Anheuser-Busch

Update: Well what do you know, a few days after my post about Capitol Advocacy Group's campaign finance reports, the one that was due a year ago is suddenly submitted. It shows one donation: $5,000 from Anheuser-Bush. No donations were made to Senator Kirby, just small ones of $1,000 or less to various legislators.










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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh, who's that on the right? There's no text here at all.

Burke said...

Super-Lobbyist Beth Clay.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, Beth was my high school English teacher at Jackson Prep before she decided to go to law school.

Anonymous said...

These would make good flags to fly at Trustmark Park. Hooray for Pearl! Let's go, In-Bev!!

Spence said...

The fact that this goes on doesn't surprise me in the least. Typical good ole boy politician. As a native Mississippian, I never knew what great beers I was missing. However, after leaving 4 yrs ago, I've been enjoying my freedom to choose in the free state of TX. So many great craft and micro brews available and not enough time. However, its ironic that I can't get MS brewed Lazy Magnolia here. LM has stated that its only a matter of time due to growing so quickly. I love MS and it will always be home but get with it. We're in the US of A, let the people choose!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see this come true...

From A/B statement in the MBJ article....In an emailed statement to the MBJ from region VP for state affairs Doug Bailey, Anheuser-Busch said it had no position on the beer legislation, intended to take no action on it via its lobbyist Clay, and that the alcohol content of beer in Mississippi “is a matter for the state legislature and Mississippi consumers to decide.”

It doesn't look like Mississippi consumers will really get a chance to decide. State Legislature will decide for us?

Anonymous said...

I've talked to the Clay Firm about it too. They have no position on the bill. This is Bryant and Kirby.

Kingfish said...

Not taking a position is taking a position itself, especially when the spotlight just got placed on you.

Anonymous said...

Bud doesn't have to take an official position . They just have to be sure Kirby and Bryant understand they will be seen in a more favorable light when future contributions are soliticited if they are politicians who demonstrate a " knowledge" of their corporation's conerns.

Once you have the key politician(s) in your pocket, no further action is necessary to accomplish your goal.

The Clay firm isn't needed.

Anonymous said...

When you benefit from the status quo and its already been determined Chairman Kirby will not let the bill out of his committee, of course they take no position. As long as nothing changes they win. They don't need to fight to make that happen because Kirby already announced his decision.

Anonymous said...

Burke, Beth Clay is no "super" lobbyist. She's making plenty of money, that's for sure, but she has too many clients to pay the proper attention to. Her ethics are questionable at best.

Anonymous said...

Any look lately at the beer section of your supermarket?

How much is currently dedicated to "craft beers." When did this occur, the past couple of years?

Whose space has been shrunk.

The answers to the above questions make one wonder...Why would A/B support the RYPints group while greasing the wheels to stop any bill that allows for a broader malt-beverage offering? If more selection were available, the space would come directly from Bud. They already have way too many products that just sit there anyway. Check the dates...if you find out of date beer call them in to the Distributor or better, call them into A/B. Point them out to the retailer. You can Google how to read expiration dates on packages.

Anonymous said...

Any look lately at the beer section of your supermarket?

How much is currently dedicated to "craft beers." When did this occur, the past couple of years?

Whose space has been shrunk.

The answers to the above questions make one wonder...Why would A/B support the RYPints group while greasing the wheels to stop any bill that allows for a broader malt-beverage offering? If more selection were available, the space would come directly from Bud. They already have way too many products that just sit there anyway. Check the dates...if you find out of date beer call them in to the Distributor or better, call them into A/B. Point them out to the retailer. You can Google how to read expiration dates on packages.

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