GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money

The Seattle TimesSeptember 25, 2013 

Both sides of the I-522 debate have begun airing ads. This is from the No campaign. (Screenshot by The Seattle Times)

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 Washington’s 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 Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) — the state’s campaign-finance watchdog — show the No on 522 committee so far raising $11.6 million from just eight donors.

Among Washington’s 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.

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