Big Soda's sketchy grassroots support


The Guardian published a story today fact checking a list of local businesses who oppose the Sugary Beverage Tax, a list used by American Beverage Association funded publicists to slam the tax. The story is getting a lot of attention from health advocates and neighborhood businesses, but the Guardian has heard one question over and over: "Where can we see the list?"

Well, here it is, embedded as a PDF below. A few caveats: the list is from Jan. 29, and 12 businesses have been removed from the list since then, according to Affordable City, the ABA funded group that assembled the list. 

Still, our story found shops that were listed in error that were not on the list, and many store owners we spoke with said they weren't aware funding from the tax would go to schools or fitness programs. Sugary Beverage Tax sponsor Sup. Scott Wiener told the Guardian that he expects to see millions of dollars from ABA's main backers, Coca Cola Co. and Pepsico, spent to discredit the tax.

They have cause for concern, as San Franciscans may cut their sugary beverage spending by $31 million if the tax were to pass. 

If you're a store owner, activist or health official and want to verify the list of businesses opposed to the tax for yourself, the list is above for your perusal. 

For more background on the Sugary Beverage Tax and its implications, check out our previous coverage here.


Time for the ground troops to go to work, pro 2 cent tax supporters read this list if your local store is listed pay them a visit explain the benefits from the tax and where the money will go to, get them to agree to take their name of the list.

Posted by GuestFight back on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

and no end in site for the tax. This tax would continue if obesity levels were at ZERO or we were experiencing a famine.

If there's one thing we've learned about "special taxes" in this country (like the telephone tax which was originally put in place to fund the Spanish-American war in 1898 and continues today) is that they never go away even when the "problem" they were put in place to address no longer exists.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

the basis that will apply only to either the wealthy or to those addicted to vice.

And in the end, we all pay them, forever.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

against the big bad corporations is so pathetic.

Invasive laws are bad, unless they are not.

Coercing the citizens is bad, unless it is not.

It is interesting that progressive always claim to be such out of the box thinkers when they line up to obey the leadership so quickly.

I like this new Steve Jones like author, a true believer with not a whit of personal agency.

Posted by guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

Only trolls have posted so far, I think that is pretty indicative of how this is going to go. San Franciscans will overwhelmingly vote for this.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:44 am

Wiener Supporters Unite!
Nothing can stop the Wiener Boosters if you all work together!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 1:16 am

while claiming that you don't obey.

Posted by guest on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

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