Grocery Manufacturers Agree to Disclose Donors

Oct 18, 2013

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.