Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is raising alarms over a grocery-industry groups challenge of Washington campaign-finance laws.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is trying to invalidate some state restrictions on spending by out-of-state political committees, arguing the laws violate its civil and constitutional rights. The arguments were made in legal filings this month combating the states effort to penalize GMA for attempting to conceal donors to its "http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2013/10/28/no-on-522-breaks-fundraising-record-for-washington-initiative-campaigns/">record-setting spending campaign against a food-labeling initiative last year.
They did not just say We havent broken the law. What theyre saying is some of your campaign finance laws are unconstitutional. That raises the stakes, Ferguson said in an interview Monday.
The case stems from GMAs big-spending opposition to last years Initiative 522, which sought to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered products. Ferguson sued the group in October, alleging it illegally concealed the identities of donors to a $10.6 million fund opposing I-522.