Attorney General Forces Agribusiness Lobby Group to Disclose Secret Funders of Campaign to Defeat GMO Labeling in Washington

GMAAfter the Washington Attorney General filed suit against the grocery manufacturers Association (GMA) for violating state election disclosure requirements, the lobby group Friday published a list of their major donors.

As was the case with funding that narrowly defeated the citizen initiative in California that would have required labeling, many of the food manufacturers funding the opposition own some of the largest and most prominent brands in natural and organic food.

The October 18 disclosure by GMA, totaling over $7 million, includes the following companies:

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

Total:  7,222,500

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