Walton Heirs Pour More Money into Wet-Up Effort

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Tom and Steuart Walton each contributed another $15,000 in June to Keep Dollars in Benton County, the group pushing for a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to allow retail alcohol sales in the county.

Those figures are in the June monthly Arkansas Ethics Commission financial report filed Monday. The report is due on the 15th of every month, or on a Monday if the 15th falls on a weekend, officials said.

 The Walton heirs both contributed $15,000 on June 4, bringing their total contributions to Keep Dollars in Benton County to $180,000 each. They were the only contributors in June.

On Thursday the group submitted to the Benton County clerk 56,000 signatures to put the wet/dry question on the November ballot. The group needed 41,171 signatures by Aug. 8, but turned them in early. If enough are deemed invalid to put the issue in jeopardy, the group would have time to gather more signatures before the Aug. 8 deadline.

Of the $410,000 that Keep Dollars in Benton County has raised, $360,000 has come from Tom and Steuart Walton, records show.

Also on June 4, Keep Dollars in Benton County paid $43,269.32 to National Ballot Access, the Lawrenceville, Ga., company paid to gather signatures for Keep Dollars in Benton County. Keep Dollars in Benton County paid Arvest Bank $118.65 on June 4 for banking services. After expenditures, the group had $1,685.93 in the bank at the end of June.

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