- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Opposition groups funded by Conway County liquor stores have attempted to thwart Johnson County residents from voting on a measure that would allow liquor sales in their area.

Arkansas Ethics Commission documents cite the Conway County Legal Beverage Association as the only contributor funding the effort to sway potential voters toward keeping Johnson County dry. Association leader Mary Dillard says the organization is funded by retail liquor stores in Conway County.

The Share Committee received $20,000 during February. In the same period, a group called Stand Strong, Stay Dry, Be Safe received $18,000 from the Share Committee.

The Courier (https://bit.ly/1qk0GlL ) reports that the Stand Strong group spent more than $9,000 on mail to Johnson County residents, as well as $3,000 on signs and $1,800 in newspaper advertising.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.couriernews.com

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