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.
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