The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has tried to undo the latest legally voted GMO labeling laws, but Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller has ruled that the states’ case against the (GMA) will move forward, rejecting the GMA’s motion to dismiss the case completely based on constitutional grounds.
“Today’s ruling is an important step in our work to hold the Grocery Manufacturers Association accountable for the largest campaign finance concealment case in Washington history,” Ferguson said. “We intend to send a strong message to all: If you want to engage in political campaigns in Washington, you have to play by the rules.”
Ferguson was responsible for filing a lawsuit against the GMA last year. The state alleged that the GMA broke campaign finance laws when it collected approximately $10.6 million from its members and placed those funds in a ‘Defense of Brand’ account, and then used them to oppose Initiative 522, which would have forced mandatory GMO labeling. The account was funded without ever disclosing the true source of contributions made to it.
Following this suit filed by the state, the GMA attempted to cover its immoral (and illegal) tracks by filing a counter lawsuit, stating that the state had unconstitutionally enforced campaign finance laws. The GMA requested that the judge dismiss the case against them, trying to skirt campaign contribution laws and public transparency. The illegal contributions definitely helped to defeat the 522 Initiative.
Despite this attempt to continue control over the public food supply, the case will continue based on its inherent merits. Schaller ruled that the state’s campaign laws require the formation of a political committee, and disclosures were constitutionally applied. The judge did rule, however, that Washington’s laws, which required the GMA to secure $10 donations from 10 different registered voters as part of its political committee formation requirements, was unconstitutional.
The state will be reviewing the ruling to determine the next steps. Hopefully as the trial proceeds, the 300 food and beverage manufacturer’s who illegally contributed to the GMA’s slush fund will learn their lesson. These companies include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Frito Lay, General Mills, and more.
Pamela Bailey, the president and CEO of the GMA, wants consumers to trust the biggest chemical sales companies in the world to ‘label GMOs at will, on their own terms’. I think the world knows better than to trust companies who illegally fund an anti-GMO labeling campaign when the measure comes up for a democratic vote.
3 thoughts on “Attorney General Rejects GMA’s Attempt to Throw out GMO Labeling Laws”
Take the message to the streets and educate consumers. Set up and use independent organic approving organizations. Bypass anything connected to government. They are unreliable.
I’m sure our beloved IDIOTS in the supreme Court if given a chance will rule in favor of their corporate sponsors..
Money is a weapon of mass destruction. When doing the right (humane) thing becomes threatened by group$ of global-procorporate GMO allowances which mask their truth in a 90 day rule. GMO is far beyond a courts discource analysis. Words hide truths that are paid to speak only one language= MONEY. Contaminating genetic whispers blowing across hard laborous, organic, nutritional,safe,honest fields are liable for the roots that damage and ignore the wisdom and oppositions of nature. Thank You Washington,Honorable Christine Schaller, and Vermont. May the unseen things be advocating in bringing truth to the things that must and will be seen. We The People support you in bringing our voice to this unprecedented historical judicial undertaking , with respect of our civil defence which is challenged and or threatened our rights to know what is in our food.Stay proactive in organic and raw milk farmers rights also.May Natural food farms flourish forever.