Know the Opposition:

Bottle Bill Initiative Spending Records

In all of the instances below, where a new or existing beverage container deposit law was put to public vote, bottle bill opposition spent significantly larger amounts on their campaign. Statistics indicate that their financial strategies worked; in all but three of the cases, the bottle bill was defeated or the law repealed.
 
Bill Information
Vote Count
Campaign Spending
Result for Bottle Bill
Colorado 1976
331,315
Yes
$25,000
Proponents
Negative
Amendment 8
682,056
No
$51,000
Opponents
 
Maine 1976
274,164
Yes
$26,000
Proponents
Negative
Deposit Referendum
200,000
No
$404,000
Opponents
 
Michigan 1976
2,154,215
Yes
$117,175
Proponents
Positive
Proposal A
1,219,783
No
$1,219,783
Opponents
 
Nebraska 1978
211,732
Yes
$11,000
Proponents
Negative
Proposition 301
280,522
No
$350,000
Opponents
 
Maine 1979
226,076
No
$165,000
Proponents
Positive
Repeal Attempt
41,802
Yes
$22,000
Opponents
 
Ohio 1979
768,898
Yes
$88,855
Proponents
Negative
Issue 1
2,019,834
No
$1,550,000
Opponents
 
Washington 1979
380,247
Yes
$72,000
Proponents
Negative
Initiative 61
517,177
No
$968,000
Opponents
 
California 1982
359,281
Yes
$900,000
Proponents
Negative
Proposition 11
4,256,274
No
$5,800,000
Opponents
 
Colorado 1982
242,653
Yes
$500,000
Proponents
Negative
Initiative 5
708,564
No
$2,500,000
Opponents
 
Massachusetts 1982
1,143,956
Yes
$250,000
Proponents
Positive
Question 4 (Should the bottle bill be upheld?)
79,846
No
$1,000,000
Opponents
 
Washington 1982
400,136
Yes
$248,000
Proponents
Negative
Initiative 414
965,951
No
$965,951
Opponents
 
Washington D.C 1987
33,870
Yes
$80,000
Proponents
Negative
Initiative 28
41,836
No
$2,297,000
Opponents
 
Oregon 1996
559,672
Yes
$400,000
Proponents
Negative
Measure 37 (Expansion)
839,508
No
$3,200,000
Opponents
 
 
 
 
 
 
Columbia, MO 2002
7,700
No
$16,147
Proponents
Negative
Proposition 1 (Repeal Attempt)
10,500
Yes
$88,000
Opponents
 

Sources: The Returnable Times , Environmental Action, 1988, Oregon Public Interest Research Group, 1996, Columbia Daily Tribune, 2002

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