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8:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Grocery Manufacturers Agree to Disclose Donors

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday the Grocery Manufacturers Association will disclose who its donors are, as it campaigns against a ballot Initiative 522.

Ferguson's office had planned to take the industry group to court, saying it violated Washington’s campaign finance law that requires donors to be public. The Washington, D.C.-based GMA represents more than 300 companies.

Ferguson’s office says it’s the biggest single donor to the campaign opposing a ballot initiative on labeling genetically modified foods.

Under terms of the agreement with the state, the GMA will create a political committee, register it with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission and file reports on who contributed and how much money they gave.