IN EXCESS OF $3.6 MILLION…

That would be: how much does Walmart think operating pharmacies in North Dakota is worth? Alex. That represents a tiny fraction of operating expenses for the Bentonvile Behemoth--the company spend nearly a half-billion dollars lobbying to get the Walton family exempt from estate taxes--of course, but what I find surprising is that the expenditure was also small compared to the other players in the game. This really looks like Walmart made a token effort just to be one of the guys.
New figures indicate Walmart gave $3.6 million to try to pass a North Dakota ballot measure last November that would have allowed the company to open pharmacies in the state. The figure is part of an analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity. It found that corporations and trade groups gave at least $217 million to sway the outcome of state ballot measure and referendum campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections. North Dakota voters rejected the pharmacy ballot measure, which would have repealed a 1963 law banning chain retailers such as Walmart and Target from operating pharmacies. Voters sided with small, pharmacist-owned drug stores and their allies who raised a fraction of Walmart's total.
So, who were the big players? Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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