GMO Mafia slugged by Washington State Attorney General

GMAmafiaIt started out as a good scheme, guaranteed to kill I-522, the upcoming Washington State bill to require labeling for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After all, lots of money defeated last year’s similar bill in California. Why not in Washington?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) CEO Pamela Bailey reportedly assured members their identities and donations would remain a secret.  Apparently they were worried about a backlash after their nasty, narrowly won victory in California. A slush fund called the ‘Defense of Brands Strategic Account’ was set up and the cash poured in.

Secretly.

They thought. A whopping $1.6 million from PepsiCo, over a million each from Nestle and Coca Cola, and tens of thousands each from General Mills, ConAgra, Campbell’s Soup, Hershey, Kellogg, Smucker’s, Del Monte, Hormel, Welch, Land O’Lakes, etc., etc. (see the entire list at HeraldNet.com, or Natural News).

But the secret deal leaked, and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was not happy. The scheme was a violation of the state election law, which requires full disclosure on campaign contributions (Dare we call it money laundering?). Ferguson ordered the Superior Court to issue a restraining order forcing the GMA to comply with the election laws.

The following day, the GMA quickly hastened to comply with the law, and the names and the amounts went public.

So much for that deal. It’s nice to know that occasionally a politician is willing to sock the GMO mafia in the eye.