by Carlos E. Castañeda

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — The American Beverage Association has donated another half-million dollars to fight a Berkeley ballot measure that would tax sodas and other sugary drinks.

The contribution by the beverage industry is in addition to an earlier $300,000 donation to the No on Measure D campaign, and is believed to be the largest single campaign donation in the city’s history.

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In July, the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to place the one-cent-per-ounce tax measure on the November ballot.

Proponents of the tax cite studies that show sugary drinks are linked to obesity, diabetes and other chronic health problems.

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Opponents say the tax will hurt businesses and impact lower-income families the most.

San Francisco supervisors have also passed a soda tax measure for November ballot.

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