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October 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Attorney General sues grocery association, alleging campaign-finance violations

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, alleging the group illegally collected and spent more than $7 million to oppose Initiative 522, the measure requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.

Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in Thurston County Superior Court, said the Washington D.C.-based trade association solicited big money from its members specifically for the anti-GMO-labeling campaign, yet illegally concealed the identity of those donors from the public by failing to register and file reports as a political committee.

“In our view it’s a clear violation. It’s an important violation,” Ferguson said at a news conference in Seattle.

Ferguson said unless the GMA immediately discloses its donors, his office will ask a judge for a temporary restraining order to force the grocery association to register as a political committee and reveal its donors so that voters will have the information as they cast their ballots for or against I-522. He added the state will seek civil penalties and attorney’s fees from the group.

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October 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Lack of transparency in Seattle Prop. 1 campaign

Proposition 1 would create accountability and transparency in Seattle City Council elections by funding candidates with property taxes, according to the campaign’s Fair Elections Seattle website. But money from the biggest donor to Fair Elections Seattle itself is not transparent. Washington Public Campaigns (WPC), a local nonprofit group, has contributed $10,000 to Fair Elections…

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March 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Democrats in Olympia push U.S. constitutional amendment on campaign finance

OLYMPIA — Democrats used a state Senate committee hearing Tuesday to vent about how increasing political spending by corporations poses “a threat to our democracy.” State Sen. Adam Kline and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, both from Seattle, urged the Senate Government Operations Committee to adopt a measure to show support for an amendment to the United States…

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