thanksgiving 131120 Walmart is big in Texas. So big that Walmart is not only the No. 1 private employer in the state, but the Bentonvile Behemoth was also the No. 1 contributor to the inaugural events for Texas Governor Gregg Abbot.
A lavish inauguration for Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was pulled off thanks to $4.7 million from private contributors, including Wal-Mart and the owner of the San Antonio Spurs, according to a list of donors released Friday. A blowout ball headlined by country superstars Lady Antebellum made the January inauguration likely the most expensive of 2015 in the U.S., and the same wealthy donors who built Abbott's record-setting campaign bankroll picked up most of the check. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was the biggest contributor at $125,000. Alice Walton, the heiress of the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail chain, was among Abbott's most generous campaign donors. Wal-Mart this week sued Texas in federal court over a state law that does not allow publicly traded companies to sell hard liquor. Other six-figure contributors included AT&T Inc. and grocery chain H-E-B, which gave $100,000 apiece. In a statement, inauguration committee chairman Ardon Moore gave thanks for "a historic celebration honoring Texas's new era of visionary leadership."
Simply a legal expense? Perhaps. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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