At the urging of the Commonwealth Foundation, several media outlets have recently contacted our offices regarding an ad that has been airing for weeks.

We’d like to thank the Commonwealth Foundation, their mystery donors and the national PR firm they’ve engaged, for sharing this ad with reporters. Our ad shares an important message and we encourage all stakeholders to listen to the experts.

MADD, SADD, the PA DUI Association, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, among dozens of other groups and experts, oppose privatization. Every peer-reviewed study demonstrates that privatization leads to spikes in under-age drinking, overall consumption, deaths as a result of drunk drivers, crime, property damage, and other factors.

As Stephen Erni, executive director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association, told ABC 27 last week, “When we are comparing apples to apples, Pennsylvania is by far better than any of the privatized states in the whole United States.” We encourage all lawmakers and reporters to study this issue carefully: 

  • The CDC states: “Based on its charge to identify effective disease and injury prevention measures, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends against the further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption, a well established proxy for excessive consumption.” http://www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol/RRprivatization.html
  • Pennsylvania has the lowest death rate related to alcohol disease in the nation.


  • Peer-reviewed research states increases in alcohol outlets is directly correlated with increases in alcohol-related fatalities and accidents. These findings have been published in academic journals such as Accident Ananlysis & Prevention. The Journal of Adolescent Health and Australian Journal of Public Health.


  • Most recently, MADD stated that, "… policies or legislation transferring state alcohol control to private control are counter to MADD's mission of eliminating drunk driving and preventing underage drinking."


Groups opposed to privatization include:

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • PA FOP
  • The PA DUI Association
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Pennsylvanians Concerned About Alcohol Problems
  • United Methodist Advocacy of Pennsylvania
  • Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity
  • Pennsylvania Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Pennsylvania NAACP
  • Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals
  • PA Interfaith Impact Network
  • Malt Beverage Distributors Association
  • PA Beer Alliance
  • Independent State Store Union
  • Coalition of Labor Engaged for Accountable Revenue (CLEAR)
  • The Better Choices Coalition
  • AFSCME District Council 47
  • AFSCME Council 13
  • PSEA
  • PA Professional Firefighters
  • SEIU
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • AFT Pennsylvania
  • PA Police Chiefs Association
  • The Brewers of Pennsylvania
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Philadelphia City Council
  • Erie City Council
  • The Philadelphia Unemployment Project
  • The Women's Community Revitalization Project
  • The US Centers for Disease Control Community Preventive Services Task 

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