Meet the money behind the effort to keep Alabama in the liquor retail business

R Street's Cameron Smith:

“If you thought this bill was not going anywhere; that it would die or get killed like it always has, you need to think again!”

Bob Leavell is concerned that a measure to close Alabama’s state-run liquor stores might gain traction. The former Alcoholic Beverage Control Board  administrator under Govs. Folsom and James now happens to lease property to the state to facilitate its retail liquor operations.

He’d like for things to continue uninterrupted. After all, the State of Alabama is a heck of a reliable tenant. Property owners who lease to the state have a good gig…one worth protecting....