Supermarket wine opponents contribute heavily

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Campaign contributions totaling more than $364,000 have poured into lawmakers over the past two years from liquor wholesalers, package stores and the beer industry -- three groups that have traditionally opposed changing state law to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.

An Associated Press analysis of campaign finance data shows that six members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is scheduled to take up the bill Tuesday, received a combined $38,000 from the three political action committees. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville alone received $13,000.

The remaining five members of the Senate panel received no contributions from the three groups.

Members of the House subcommittee scheduled to take first action on the measure on Wednesday received $15,000 from the three PACs.

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