WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has agreed to file paperwork with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission to establish a political committee.

The move comes in response to a suit filed against GMA by the state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who alleges GMA illegally collected and spent more than $7 million on the ‘No on 522’ campaign while shielding the identity of its contributors. Initiative 522 is a Washington state ballot measure that seeks to require labels on GM foods.


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“In the spirit of continuing cooperation and in an effort to provide Washington voters with full transparency about GMA’s funding for the 'No on 522' campaign, the association has voluntarily decided to establish a Washington state political committee and to file reports with the PDC disclosing the source of all funds used in connection with Washington state elections,” said GMA in a statement.

“GMA has cooperated fully with the Public Disclosure Commission and the Attorney General throughout their investigation, and will continue to engage state authorities in a constructive dialogue in the weeks and months ahead.” 

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