|The campaign cup was later released.|
GA received this from a reader:
The donation of alcohol by a licensee is prohibited under ABC law… A licensee cannot contribute alcohol for any purpose… all the alcohol purchased by a licensee has to be accounted for , every drop that’s sold has to be paid for with sales tax... Romano didn't put his bar on that cup... so how did the campaign get the alcohol?The alcohol sales industry is highly regulated, as everyone knows- but no licensee donations "for any purpose?" Well folks, there it is on page 26 of the "Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook for Retail Licensees:"
I had no idea!
It was explained to me later as this: when licensee buys 'x' amount of wholesale liquor the state ABC Board expects tax receipts to correspond with 'x' amount purchased. If the liquor is donated, the state is 'shorted' on tax collection.
Liquor can be donated if purchased retail.
It's a matter of tax revenue for the ABC.
"Romano2017" has no worries if their donated booze was purchased retail.
What a relief!