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Wal-Mart bankrolled the effort to get full-strength beer and wine on Oklahoma's grocery store shelves. Not everybody's celebrating the win.

Wal-Mart bankrolled booze ballot measure

Retail behemoth Wal-Mart threw down $4.8 million to woo Oklahoma voters and get full-strength beer and wine on the shelves of grocery and convenience stores, of $5.3 million raised by proponents in total, reports The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey.

Blake Cody, manager of Byron's Liquor Warehouse, inside the business on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Blake Cody, manager of Byron's Liquor Warehouse, inside the business on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The opposition, in comparison, scrounged together pocket change, to the tune of $12,486. Even so, the scrappy underdogs are going toe-to-toe with the booze-backers. 

The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission in December.

The group is seeking a court order to stop the Oklahoma ABLE Commission from implementing the many changes to state alcohol laws that are part of SQ 792.

Will we get wine on the Trader Joe's shelves or not? 

Bailey crunches the numbers and gets the story. 

Check it out.

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Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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