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Money pours in from liquor stores to defeat AR alcohol amendment

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Money from local liquor stores flowed like ice-cold beer into the coffers of one organization fighting to defeat the Arkansas alcohol amendment.

In its financial report to the Arkansas Ethics Commission filed on September 11, Citizens for Local Rights stated it received $1,297,250 in contributions during the month of August.

Much of that money came from liquor stores and alcoholic beverage distributors throughout the state, including several here in Region 8.

Topping the list was the Conway County Liquor Association of Morrilton which contributed $250,000.

Poinsett Package Store was another big donor. According to the financial report, the store contributed $100,000 to the group.

Other contributors from Region 8 included:

  • Greene County Beer Association in Paragould contributed $60,000; 
  • Porter's Inc. in Augusta contributed $20,000;
  • D&C Inc. (The Country Store) in Harrisburg contributed $10,000
  • Morgan W. Berry in Augusta contributed $5,000;
  • Blytheville Liquors (Razorback Liquor Store) contributed $500;
  • JMH Liquors (Mack's Liquor Store) in Blytheville contributed $500;
  • B&B Wine and Spirits in Blytheville contributed $500;
  • Seva Investments (Sterling Liquors) in Forrest City contributed $500;
  • Osceola Liquors (Bowles Liquor Store) contributed $500;
  • Crosstown Liquors in Blytheville contributed $500;
  • Vineyard Plus of Northeast Arkansas in Leachville contributed $500;

To see the complete financial report, click here.

According to documents filed with the ethics commission, Brian Richardson of Jonesboro is the president of Citizens for Local Rights. He is the former president of Local Citizens for Safety and Prosperity.

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