GMA Violated Wash. Campaign Finance Law

Mar 11, 2016

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) violated Washington's campaign finance disclosure laws while fighting a food labeling initiative.

That was the ruling Friday from a Thurston County judge.

Initiative 522 would have required labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington.

The GMA raised $14 million from large corporations to fight it. The GMA then donated $11 million in its own name, shielding the companies' identities.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson revealed the names of those companies.

Both sides in the debate over an initiative to require labeling of Genetically Modified foods say results of a recent Seattle poll are promising.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer. If passed this November, it would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The initiative would not ban GMOs, as they’re known. But it could have a big impact on Washington agriculture. Correspondent Anna King visited two family farms to get two very different perspectives.

The Washington state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods will impact food producers in the state and those that sell here. Some feel it will cost them more, others see it as a chance to expand their market.