Global Alcohol Producers Group

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The Global Alcohol Producers Group
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was established in 2005 by international alcohol companies representing interests in beer, wine and spirits. The trade group was formed to lobby the WHO as it prepared a report on ways to reduce alcohol-related injuries and deaths for the 2007 World Health Assembly. They claim to provide:

a channel for the World Health Organisation (WHO), member state governments and stakeholders of the WHO to engage in constructive dialogue with some of the leading alcohol beverage companies on health problems caused by harmful drinking patterns. The companies are deeply committed to continuing to work in partnership with WHO Members and other stakeholders to prevent and mitigate alcohol abuse and misuse effectively. [1]

Lobbying

The Group paid Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld $240,000 in 2007 to lobby on alcohol-related issues at the World Health Organisation. They also spent $12,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby the Washington-based WHO, according to a disclosure form the Senate's public records office. A further $120,000 was paid to Akin Gump during the first six months of 2007 to lobby on the same issue. Global Alcohol Producers Group also lobbied Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services. Lobbyist Daniel Spiegel, the former U.S. envoy to the World Health Organization, is among those registered to lobby on behalf of Global Alcohol Producers.[2]. In 2009 the group paid $20,000 to Covington and Burling, Daniel Spiegel's firm. [3]

Members

Corporate

Trade Association Members

Alcohol Policy Think Tank Members

[4]

References

  1. Global Alcohol Producers Group Website About US accessed 20th September 2008
  2. Boston News Website Correction Alcohol Group Lobbying accessed 20th September 2008
  3. Opensecrets http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientlbs.php?lname=Global+Alcohol+Producers+Group&year=2009 GAPG Lobbying 2009] accessed 20th August 2009
  4. Global Alcohol Producers Group Website, Members accessed 20th September 2008