In the Consumer Soda Wars it is Coke vs. Pepsi, in D.C. it is Coke and Pepsi

Coke and Pepsi have had a long history of battling for consumers wallets, a fight that shows no signs of relenting. The two largest soda manufacturers don’t fight over everything though, when it comes to lobbying Coke and Pepsi have a lot to agree on.  Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi recently made the news for including 4-methylimidazole, which gives the soda the distinct caramel color in their products.  This ingredient was recently added by the State of California to their list of carcinogens and a new report raised by a consumer advocacy group led both companies to state they would adjust their formulas to reduce this ingredient.   This news spurred the First Street Research Group to take a look at the massive lobbying efforts of these two soda giants.

Highlights

  • These two companies have spent a total of $55,036,595 on lobbying ever since 2008.
    • Coke has spent $31,242,795
    • Pepsi has spent $23,793,800
  • Both Coke and Pepsi currently employ three in-house revolving door lobbyists.
  • Since 2005, Coke and Pepsi have lobbied 33 of the same bills.

The Coca-Cola Company Inc.

Description: Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company produces more than 500 items in over 200 countries around the world. Although best known for its namesake product, Coca-Cola, the company also produces or has ownership in products such as Sprite, Fanta and Nestea.
Issues lobbied on: “Food Industry (Safety, Labeling, etc.) – Ensuring choice and fairness in food assistance programs”
Revolving Door Lobbyists:

  • Kathleen Black – formerly: Office of Sen. Snow 2009-2011
  • Matt Echols – formerly: Office of Rep. Saxby Chambliss, 1995-1998
  • Ryan Guthrie – formerly: Office of Rep. Baron Hill, 1999-2004, 2007-2009

Contributions given by The Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee For Good Government

Beneficiary Candidate Amount Notes
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee $15,000 Connected to: Oregon Victory Fund 2012
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $15,000
National Republican Congressional Committee $15,000
National Republican Senatorial Committee $15,000
Chambliss For Senate Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R GA) $7,000
Hatch Election Committee Inc Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R UT) $5,500
21st Century Majority Fund $5,000 Connected to: Johnny Isakson
Ameripac: The Fund For A Greater America $5,000 Connected to: Steny Hoyer
Blue Dog Political Action Committee $5,000
Cantor For Congress Rep. Eric Cantor (R VA-7) $5,000 Connected to: Cantor Victory Fund

PepsiCo Inc.

Description: Formed by the merger of Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc. in 1965, has added Tropicana, Quaker Oats and Gatorade to its product line as well. Long considered The Coca-Cola Company’s main rival, PepsiCo has diversified its product line to include snack foods. As a result, the main source of revenue no longer originates from carbonated drinks.
Issues lobbied on: “Food Industry (Safety, Labeling, etc.)- Interagency working group on advertising food to children – HR 2055, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012; Executive Branch action re this issue”
Revolving Door Lobbyists:

  • Diego Ruiz – Executive Director, SEC, 2011
  • Omar A Vargas – Deputy Director, DOJ Intergov. & Pub. Liaison, 2006-2007
  • Julia-Feliz Sessoms – Legislative Aide, Senator Edward Kennedy, 2010-2011

Contributions made by the Pepsico Inc. Concerned Citizens Fund

Beneficiary Candidate Amount Notes
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $15,000
National Republican Congressional Committee $15,000
National Republican Senatorial Committee $15,000
American Beverage Association Political Action Committee (aka American Beverage PAC) $5,000 Connected to: American Beverage Association
Blue Dog Political Action Committee $5,000
Building Relationships In Diverse Geographic Environments PAC (Bridge PAC) $5,000
Every Republican Is Crucial (Ericpac) $5,000 Connected to: Cantor Young Guns Victory Fund
Freedom Project; The $5,000
Gillibrand For Senate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) $5,000
Grocery Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (‘GMA PAC’) $5,000

 

Legislation lobbied on by both companies

  • 109 H.R.3045: Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
  • 109 H.R.4167: National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005
  • 109 H.R.4297: Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005
  • 109 H.R.554: Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act of 2005
  • 109 S.1307: Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
  • 109 S.2020: Tax Relief Act of 2005
  • 109 S.3128: National Uniformity for Food Act of 2006
  • 109 S.799: Prevention of Childhood Obesity Act
  • 109 S.908: Commonsense Consumption Act of 2005
  • 110 H.R.1363: Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.1424: Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.2419: Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
  • 110 H.R.3688: United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
  • 110 H.R.3703: To amend section 5112(p)(1)(A) of title 31, United States Code, to allow an exception from the $1 coin dispensing capability requirement for certain vending machines.
  • 110 H.R.3956: Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.3970: Tax Reduction and Reform Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.4351: AMT Relief Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.5521: To authorize the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin to convey land and interests in land owned by the Tribe.
  • 110 H.R.6049: Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008
  • 110 S.771: Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2007
  • 111 H.R.1332: Safe FEAST Act of 2009
  • 111 H.R.1585: FIT Kids Act
  • 111 H.R.2751: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
  • 111 H.R.3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
  • 111 H.R.3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • 111 H.R.3962: Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010
  • 111 H.R.4213: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
  • 111 H.R.4853: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
  • 111 H.R.4872: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • 111 H.R.759: Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009
  • 111 S.3793: Job Creation and Tax Cuts Act of 2010
  • 111 S.510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
  • 111 S.753: BPA-Free Kids Act of 2009

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