Over the next 18 days the American Chemistry Council will finish spending all of it’s $1,431,259 against Referendum 1. Referendum 1 is a measure to charge a 20 cent fee for throwaway bags at large stores in Seattle in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution.
According to the American Chemical Industry, Referendum 1 is the Seattle government’s attempt to steal people’s money by forcing them to pay an outrageous 20 cents for a bag if they forget to bring a reusable bag when they go to the store.
Let’s just ignore the fact that the plastic bag industry makes an incredible estimated $4 billion each year in the United states from selling those “free” plastic bags you get at the grocery store. Who do you think pays that $4 billion? Could it be out of the pockets of consumers like you and me if we use plastic bags instead of bringing our own reusable bags?
So spending $1,431,259 is a small cost to them to try to preserve their profit making business.
Here’s some of what the Campaign Against Referendum 1 has reported they are spending money on:
63,970 phone id calls… $51,035
2 ads in Seattle Times … $43,154
Seattle Times.com … $25,000
produce 60 radio spots… $9,351.46
run ads on KCMS-FM, KING-FM, KIRO-AM. KJR-FM. KPTH-AM, KRWM-FM, KTTH-FM, KVI-AM, KWJZ-FM, KOMO-AM, KMPS-FM, KZOK-FM, … $247,055
3 tracking polls… $64,000
website design … $8,935
conduct 1000 interviews, CHAID and cluster analysis … $35,000
build voter file… $24,800
mailers to 105,000 voters-production… $41,881
4,700 voter registration letters… $11,156
22,140 Recruitment Mailers Production … $17,830
Consulting – Pacific Issue Mgt… $20,000
Develop blogging campaign… $5,000
GC Strategic Advocacy Retainer … $80,000
105,000 Mailers – Production… $51,375
Postage 105,000 mailers… $51,375
Email program -list match … $4,998
graphic design and programming … $12,900
graphic layout … $5,400
copyrighting services … $5,882
Blog strategist … $882
Travel/office expense… $9,886
copyrighting services… $5,882
postage for recruitment mailers… $6,810
postage for mailers … $27,795
e-mail program 3 rounds of e-mail blasts… $8,250
e-mail Program – Copy and design… $5,300
There’s more but I think you get the idea.
So are you convinced yet? I think our local Seattle economy could use a little bit more economic stimulation before we should call uncle and give in to their oil profit motivated propaganda.
Vote Yes on August 18, 2009 on Referendum 1 and keep some of that $4 billion in spare change in your own pocket that they take from US consumers each year by pushing throwaway plastic bags .
Go to the Seattle Green Bag Campaign website to get more information about the citizens campaign to pass Referendum 1. They ask that you “Send a Message to Big Oil: Hands off Seattle. Vote Yes on Referendum 1.