Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grocery Manufacturers Association Launders Donation Money In Effforts To Defeat I-522

by Mikael Thalen


According to a “Moms for Labeling” lawsuit filed in the Thurston County Superior Court last week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has laundered donation money for its big corporate members that wish to hide their opposition to Washington state’s GMO labeling initiative.
“Donations to the (anti) Initiative 522 campaign are being laundered through the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the world’s largest association of food, beverage and consumer products companies,” the lawsuit reads. “The GMA has made a special appeal to its members in the form of a voluntary special assessment to fund the No on 522 campaign.”

"Organizations that raise money to influence ballot measures in Washington state are required by law to register as political action committees. According to the lawsuit, the GMA has avoided doing so in order to hide which companies are donating under its name"

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