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Opponents, Proponents of Soda Tax Spent Millions on Proposal

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    Opponents, Proponents of Soda Tax Spent Millions on Proposal
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    Soda and energy drinks at a grocery store in Springfield, Ill., on May 18, 2016.

    Opponents of the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages approved by the Philadelphia City Council in June spent more than $9 million in an unsuccessful effort to defeat the proposal.

    A disclosure report filed by the American Beverage Association says the money for the anti-tax effort came from the Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsico America's Beverages.

    Philadelphians for a Fair Future, which favored Mayor Jim Kenney's proposal, spent more than $2 million. WHYY reports that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg provided the bulk of the money, about $1.6 million. The American Federation of Teachers union and Kenney's political committee each provided $50,000.The American Heart Association provided an additional $334,000 in support of the proposal.

    The tax goes into effect Jan. 1.