LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Activists who want to end beer sales in a Nebraska village on the border of the alcohol-ravaged Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are criticizing state officials for accepting political contributions from the alcohol industry.
The activists on Tuesday assailed lawmakers and State Auditor Charlie Janssen, whose office recently audited a nonprofit that has helped raise awareness about Whiteclay’s beer sales.
The town’s four beer stores sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer last year on the border of the South Dakota reservation, where alcohol is banned.
Janssen says the audit of Project Extra Mile was based on several anonymous tips that questioned the group’s spending and wasn’t politically motivated. Beer industry groups contributed $1,000 to Janssen’s campaign for auditor and $7,950 during his six years in the Legislature.