A Washington state judge has ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association on Wednesday to pay nearly $1.1 million in legal fees, adding to the record-setting $18 million fine she levied in November  against the trade group for campaign disclosure violations.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch awarded the amount sought by the attorney general’s office. Hirsch ruled last year  that GMA broke state law by failing to identify the food and beverage companies that contributed to a campaign in 2013 to defeat Initiative 522.
The measure would have required the packaged-food industry to label products that have genetically modified ingredients. The initiative, seen as setting a precedent for other states, was narrowly defeated.
Hirsch imposed by far the largest fine ever in the US for a campaign disclosure commission.
GMA has told the court it will appeal.
The attorney general’s office also won a $319,281 judgment against Food Democracy Now for failing to identify donors who contributed to the “yes” campaign. The state sought and received $93,000 in legal fees in that case.
The Iowa-based anti-GMO group has also filed a notice that it will appeal.
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