A food industry group that contributed heavily to defeat Washington’s GMO labeling bill I-522 concealed millions more dollars in campaign contributions than had previously been reported, claims the sate attorney general.
An amended complaint increases the amount Washington says the Grocery Manufacturers Association collected from members to oppose the bill from $7.2 million to $10.6 million. The GMA did this without first registering a political action committee, violating the state’s campaign finance laws.
Two days after a lawsuit was filed against the GMA for hiding campaign donations, the GMA registered a committee and reported it had received $7.2 million from several large food manufacturers. However, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said $3.4 million of that was collected before the political action committee was registered.
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