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‘No on 522′ campaign received millions from Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle

grocery store milkSEATTLE — The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) was the target of a lawsuit by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week when he leveled charges that the association had violated the state’s campaign laws by hiding its donors.

Friday, the GMA released its list of donors. Among those organizations contributing more than $1 million were Pepsi, Nestle and Coca-Cola.

Pepsi ranked at the top of the list, donating a total of $1,620,899 to the campaign. Nestle donated $1,052,743 and Coca-Cola chipped in $1,047,322.

Other companies that have donated more than $200,000 to the campaign include: J.M. Smucker, General Mills, Kellogg, ConAgra, Campbell Soup and Hershey. Donors such as the Clorox Company, Bumble Bee, Sunny Delight and Land o’ Lakes also contributed to the campaign.

A total of 34 companies donated to the campaign.

GMA has spent more than $7 million on the “No on 522″ campaign. Proponents of the measure have raised $4.8 million.

no on 522 donor list

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2 comments

  • The World is Ending

    The concept of this initiative is good, but this initiative is not it is poorly written there are to many exemptions, and ways for companies to claim plasable deniability. I believe that either everything or nothing should be forced to label no double standard. (Yes I have read the initiative)so should you don't just watch the commercials or listen to your favorite political talking head get the information for yourself ( the enire initiative is only 10 pages) so actually read it and then make a fully informed decision.

  • dougpauline02

    Exemptions are not good, but we have to start somewhere, we have the right to know.. We support the YES vote on I – 522 … .. at this point the political stand point, is they will lose money, bc we the people will be informed and to make the choice to rather buy food that are GMO free.. we don't want this for our family or your friends. Europe along with other countries already ban GMO food.. It's a label to allow us to make the choice, that is all.. Let's pass this and if there are exemptions, then let's pass another one to fix those … YES YES YES over and over on I – 522


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