Santorum: Big Beer's Best Friend
Beer lobby poured money into his Senate campaign coffers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2012 2:35 PM CST
Rick Santorum speaks in Rochester, Minn, Feb. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum is a tireless crusader for Christian values, the traditional family, and… beer? Yep, during his Senate career, Santorum was the beer industry's main man, in part because some major breweries are located in Pennsylvania. From 1995 to 2006, brewers, beer executives, and wholesalers pumped $80,000 into Santorum's campaign coffers, according to Mother Jones, and Santorum expressed his gratitude by pushing to slice the beer excise tax in half four separate times.

Often, Santorum would push for this using language virtually identical to that found in beer industry press releases. The beer tax was originally introduced in 1951, at $9 a barrel, and was bumped up to $18 a barrel in 1991. The industry has been trying diligently to get that change reversed, pumping $79 million into lobbying from 2001 to 2006. But economists point out that the tax isn't adjusted for inflation, so even at $18, it's 75% lower than it was in 1951.

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midget_farmers
Feb 22, 2012 6:33 AM CST
wish he would stand up for the nice little plant his "God" made for us as much as the drink man has made us
Observer
Feb 21, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Frothy was doing this because God says it is Good. Get the bitches drunk before you have procreational sex with them. But - do not enjoy it.
ExceleRater
Feb 21, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Beer may be our best friend. If you have not seen it, you really have to watch "How beer saved the world." Beer has an amazing history and really did help form the world we live in today. http://vimeo.com/23278902 P.S. I dearly hope Santorum is not the nominee.