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Beer money flows to Florida candidates, watchdog group reports

Beer and liquor wholesalers have given $1.2 million to candidates for Florida state office since 2008, with another $1.8 million kicked in to Florida political parties, a campaign finance watchdog reported on its blog Friday.

“The preponderance of their contributions went to candidates for state house seats ($728,787),” according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

“But they also gave a considerable amount ($323,883) to candidates for state senate, of which $288,158 went to those who were ultimately elected to the senate.”

The reason for the beer-related post: The recent death of a bill (SB 1714) that would have restricted brewers making more than 2,000 kegs a year from selling no more than 20 percent of their beverages themselves.

The rest would have had to go through distributors.

Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, the trade group representing Anheuser-Busch distributors, won the top spot for total contributions to winning Senate candidates in 2008-13, with $39,500 given.

The group also noted that the Florida Brewers Guild, the craft brewers’ association, gave just $500 to one sitting senator: Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who fought against the bill.

The entire post is at <http://www.followthemoney.org/blog/2014/05/troubles-are-brewing/>.