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Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

By Bryan Roth @bryandroth
Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev What's going on here? Read this post to find out. Note: Figures below include money attributed to both Anheuser-Busch and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Sources of information recognize AB as a political action committee and AB InBev as an organization. All charts are clickable to enlarge. Anheuser-Busch

Campaign finance, from 1989 through Q2 2014: $15,619,200

Lobbying:

  • All time: $58,700,812
  • 2013-14: $6,150,000
  • 2013-14 spending represented 10.5 percent of all-time amount
    Source

2013-2014 Cycle

Individual contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Political Action Committee contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Individual contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Political Action Committee contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev
AB InBev

Campaign finance, from 1989 through Q2 2014: $24,314,793

Lobbying:

  • All time: $102,350,812
  • 2013-2014: $18,450,000
  • 2013-14 spending was 18 percent of all time amount
    Source

2013-2014 Cycle

Individual contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Political Action Committee contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Individual contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev

Political Action Committee contributions:

Beer Money: Anheuser-Busch and AB InBev
Anheuser-Busch

Over last 24 years, top-five party committees have been:

  • Florida Republican Party: $1,100,317
  • Missouri Republican Party: $955,000
  • California Democratic Party: $672,733
  • Missouri Democratic Party: $656,778
  • California Republican Party: $617,442
    Source
Anheuser-Busch

2014 Election Cycle

  • Total Raised: $840,526
  • Total Spent: $915,913
  • Contributions to federal candidates: $575,898 (43% to Democrats, 57% to Republicans)
    Source
Anheuser-Busch InBev

2014 Election Cycle

Contributions: $1,243,919

Lobbying:

Legislation of Interest

Lots of attention where you'd expect:

Of all organizations, Anheuser-Busch had greatest interest in matters related to distribution, given their vast network throughout the country. Just a few areas of note included:

  • Safe and Efficient Transportation Act and issues related to truck weights
  • Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization
  • Montana/North Dakota railroad issues

Others areas included monitoring of issues related to the malt industry and beverage packaging legislations such as proposals regarding alcohol excise taxes, included but not limited to Health Care Reform.

Beer Money series:

  • Introduction
  • MillerCoors
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Heineken
  • Brewers Association
  • Beer Institute
  • National Beer Wholesalers Association

Bryan Roth
"Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life." - Jack Kerouac


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