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Popular Information: Costco’s defection is a significant blow to the coalition working to pass Prop 20

On July 13, Popular Information reported that Costco, the massive warehouse retailer, was supporting Proposition 20 — a California ballot initiative that would put more non-violent offenders behind bars. Costco donated $50,000 in support of the initiative. Shortly after publication, a Costco spokesperson told Popular Information that “management has no comment at this time.”

But a Popular Information reader recently contacted Costco again, and the company has changed its tune. On July 29, Costco corporate counsel Derek Snead told the reader that Costco now does “not support the initiative” and previously “requested a return of the contribution we made in February 2018.”

It’s the first time Costco has publicly expressed opposition to Proposition 20. Costco’s defection is a significant blow to the coalition working to pass the initiative.


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