The Rise and Fall of the Jack Daniel's Committee: How D.C.'s Police Lodge Made Thousands Selling Whiskey Online
Alcohol Beverage Team head Michael Newman was cited in a Washington Post article about a group of Washington, D.C., police officers who illegally sold bottles of whiskey online for three years. In 2017, members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, a group of local police unions, began buying Jack Daniel's whiskey, engraving the bottles with a police union logo and reselling them online at marked-up prices. The operation, dubbed the Jack Daniel's Fundraising Committee, was shut down in 2020, at which point the lodge conducted an internal investigation that found members illegally sold whiskey and shipped it across state lines without the proper permits. Mr. Newman expressed his surprise that law enforcement officers would engage in such conduct.
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