Diageo is the world’s biggest supplier of liquor, with well-known brands of hard alcohol such as Smirnoff, Hennessy, and Jose Cuervo. The company is based in the United Kingdom, but it’s working hard to purchase political influence in the United States. One of the means of persuasion in the hands of Diageo is the Diageo North America Inc. Employees’ Political Participation Committee.
Two days from now, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch will be attending a fundraiser at the Charlie Palmer steakhouse, specially hosted for him by the Diageo PAC, receiving profits from the international sale of liquors into his campaign coffers.
Of course, it isn’t just Orrin Hatch who’s taking money from Diageo liquors. The Every Republican Is Crucial PAC took a check from the Diageo PAC in August, a few weeks after the Republican Operation to Secure and Keep a Majority PAC took Diageo’s whiskey-scented cash.
Party beverages aren’t partisan, of course. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took two checks from Diageo this year as well.