Follow us:

Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Food industry group agrees to disclose anti-food-labeling donors

Washington state’s attorney general says a food industry group has agreed to disclose who contributed to an effort to oppose a food labeling initiative.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday the agreement avoids the need to seek court intervention. Earlier this week, Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, saying the group violated state campaign finance laws for how it collected and spent more than $7 million.

The association and other parts of the food industry have been working to defeat Initiative 522, which would require labeling on genetically modified foods.

Ferguson said the association improperly established a special account that was used to collect money from the industry while shielding contributors from scrutiny.

He says the group has now agreed to file donor reports with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission by the close of business Friday, and will register as a political committee.

0 Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: genetic engineering, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Initiative 522

COMMENTS

READER NOTE: Our commenting system has changed. Find out more.

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►