Foes of Initiative 522 the ballot measure seeking to require labels on genetically engineered foods still have more than a month to go before theyll know whether their anti-labeling arguments will prevail at the ballot box.
But already, theyve won top honors in at least one Washington election category: Raising money against a statewide initiative.
As of late Monday, the No on 522 Committees funding totals surged to $17.2 million, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the states Public Disclosure Commission.
The new total has shattered the state record for most money raised in opposing a statewide ballot measure, PDC figures show. The previous record was set in 2011 by opponents of the liquor sales privatization Initiative 1183.
Meantime, the Yes on I-522 Committee received another $500,000 donation from Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps, the latest reports show. That brings the pro-labeling sides funding totals to $4.8 million.