- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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 $10.6 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 mostly from the Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsico America’s Beverages.

Supporters of the tax spent about $2.5 million. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg provided about $1.6 million to Philadelphians for a Fair Future, which supported Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal, and $400,000 came from John and Laura Arnold’s Action Now Initiative. The American Federation of Teachers union and Kenney’s political committee each provided $50,000.The American Heart Association provided $334,000.

The tax takes effect Jan. 1.

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