With more than a month to go until Election Day, opponents of the Washington initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods already are climbing into record campaign-fundraising territory.
Behind recent multimillion-dollar contributions from biochemical corporations Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer, the No on I-522 Committee has pushed into second place all-time for fundraising by a campaign opposing a statewide ballot measure.
And, money raised on both sides of the battle over labeling of so-called GMOs also has ascended Washingtons campaign-fundraising charts this week, breaking into the top five of collective fundraising totals for a ballot measure.
In all, the latest fundraising figures reported Monday to Washingtons Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) the states campaign-finance watchdog show the No on 522 committee so far raising $11.6 million from just eight donors.
Among Washingtons most-moneyed opposition campaigns to statewide ballot measures of all time, that figure trails only the roughly $12.4 million raised by foes of the liquor-privatizing initiative in 2011, PDC records show.