… WHO WILL HE THREATEN NEXT?
There are still a few people in the South Carolina political world who pay attention to pronouncements from the S.C. Business and Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC) …
Most, though, remember our exclusive story a few years back which exposed this organization as nothing but a sop for powerful special interests.
Speaking of … when last we checked in on this crony capitalist association, it was subserviently carrying special interest water on behalf of a so-called “free market” liquor bill.
Not very well, either …
SCBIPEC’s leader Tom DeLoach ran afoul of several state lawmakers by allegedly threatening them … which we’re told contributed to the failure of the special interests pushing this bill to get the language they wanted included.
Now that the bill has been scheduled for a hearing in the S.C. Senate, DeLoach is ramping up his “advocacy” on the issue – slapping a “business negative” rating on the version of the liquor bill that cleared the S.C. House of Representatives.
Curiously, sources close to the Big Liquor strategists currently managing this bill tell us they were caught off-guard by the SCBIPEC announcement.
“The new management was displeased,” one source told us.
In fact, this source said SCBIPEC “engagement” on this issue a year ago “did more harm than good,” and there was concern about DeLoach upsetting lawmakers again with his brusque tactics.
How’s that for teamwork!
This website continues to advance a very lonely view in this debate – namely that there should be no regulation of the alcohol industry, period. Obviously Big Liquor doesn’t support that position, but then again neither do the smaller and mid-sized retailers for whom we are routinely accused of shilling.
Oh well …