Grocery group details members' anti-I-522 donations

Grocery group details members' anti-I-522 donations

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An image from one of the TV ads airing in Washington state in opposition to I-522, which would mandate labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.

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by RUSS WALKER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Coke, Pepsi and Nestle each gave more than $1 million to the Grocery Manufacturers Association to fund the campaign against I-522, the Washington initiative to mandate labels on all foods containing genetically modified organisms.

The grocery industry group released a list of 34 of its members that donated from a few thousand dollars to more than $1 million for the No on 522 campaign. The organization released the numbers after Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit earlier this week to force the release.

So far, the No campaign has raised more than $17 million -- far outpacing the nearly $6 million raised by the initiative's supporters. The single largest donor to the Yes campaign is Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. The California natural products company gave $1.7 million to the Yes campaign.

I-522 is one of two statewide initiatives this fall's ballots. The deadline for returning the ballots is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The full list released by the GMA is below:

PepsiCo, Inc.    $1,620,899
Nestle USA Inc.    $1,052,743
The Coca-Cola Company    $1,047,332
General Mills Inc    $598,819
ConAgra Foods    $285,281
Campbell Soup Company    $265,140
The Hershey Company    $248,305
The J.M. Smucker Company    $241,091
Kellogg Company   $ 221,852
Mondelez Global LLC     $144,895
FlowersFoods Inc    $141,288
Abbott Nutrition    $127,459
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC    $120,846
Dean Foods Company    $120,245
McCormick & Company Inc    $102,208
Land O'Lakes, Inc.    $99,803
Cargill Inc.    $98,601
The Hillshire Brands Company     $97,398
Bunge North America, Inc.   $94,993
Bimbo Bakeries USA    $94,693
Del Monte Foods Company    $86,576
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.    $55,313
Hormel Foods Corporation    $52,908
Bumble Bee Foods LLC    $36,073
Welch Foods, Inc.    $28,859
Shearer's Foods, Inc.    $25,251
Rich Products Corporation    $24,049
Clement Pappas & Company Inc.    $21,043
Sunny Delight Beverages Company   $21,043
Bush Brothers & Company    $16,233
Knouse Foods Cooperative Inc.    $14,429
The Clorox Company     $12,024
Bruce Foods Corporation    $3,006
Moody Dunbar Inc.    $1,804

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