If you haven’t already heard of the Grocery Manufacturer’s of America and their aims at stopping Initiative 522 from passing in Washington just days from now, you will shortly. With companies like Monsanto taking the lead, millions of dollars have been funneled illegally through a slush fund to try to sway voters against passing the 522 Initiative that would require grocery stores that sell foods containing GMO food to label it as such.
This group of slick corporate greed-mongers only disclosed their ‘donations’ to the fund after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit earlier in October. More than $1 million has already been used to try to defend organic and right-to-know activists from getting their labeling bill passed. The companies know that the word is out, and if they don’t spend a king’s ransom on misinformation campaigns and propaganda then the 522 Initiative will be voted down.
“We also continue to seek penalties, attorney’s fees, and other relief for violating the Washington state campaign disclosure laws,” Ferguson said in a statement. “While the [Grocery Manufacturers of America] made the requested disclosures, there must be sanctions for violating the law and the case will move forward as filed.”
Last year when a similar bill was up for a vote in California, Prop 37, these same corrupt corporations spent more than $46 million making sure they didn’t have to label anything as GMO!
The largest donors, along with Monsanto, include ConAgra, General Mills, Pepsi Co, Coca-Cola, Kellogg Company, Campbell’s Soup Co, Land O’ Lakes, Ocean Spray, Cargill, Dean Foods and the Hershey’s Chocolate Company.
As reported by Truth-Out.org:
The state attorney general’s office said it would no longer seek an injunction to force the Grocery Manufacturers of America to reveal its donors because the trade group did so voluntarily. Ferguson’s office, however, said it has no plans to call off its lawsuit against the trade group, which illegally funneled a record-setting $7.2 million to No on 522.
…The Grocery Manufacturers of America’s most recent injection of $3.78 million from its political committee was reported last week, less than two weeks before Washington voters head to the polls. Monsanto also made a last-minute donation of $540,000.
According to state records, the anti-GMO labeling companies have raised more than $21 million and already spent $13.5 to try to defeat 522 in Washington. Show them their money is useless and call, write, email, picket, or throw a tantrum in front of a Washington official until they listen. The majority of us want GMO labeling to pass.
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Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.