DATA RELEASE: WA GMO Labeling Initiative - $22M from 57 NO Contributors; $7.7M from 10,500+ YES Contributors

November 2, 2013-MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics, has updated the campaign finance data on Voter's Edge for Washington's Ballot Initiatives - I 522 (GMO Labeling) and I-517 (Signature gathering for Ballot Initiatives). MapLight's Voter's Edge project was made possible in part by funders including the Kaphan Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

 

A MapLight analysis of campaign finance data from the Washington Public Disclosure Commission as of October 30, 2013 shows the Top 10 contributors on the supporting and opposing side and the geographic origin of the contributions.


From MapLight's Voter's Edge in Washington State

I-522: GMO Labeling
Requires labeling of food products made from genetically modified organisms.

Contributions from Supporting Interests

Total Raised: $7.7 million

Rank Contributor name Total
1 DR. BRONNER'S MAGIC SOAPS $1,840,635
2 CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY ACTION FUND $455,000
3 MERCOLA.COM HEALTH RESOURCES LLC $300,260
4 ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION $298,076
5 PRESENCE MARKETING, INC $260,000
6 PCC NATURAL MARKETS $230,274
7 NATURE'S PATH FOODS USA INC $178,700
8 FOOD DEMOCRACY NOW $175,000
9 WASHPIRG $168,121
10 WEILAND WILLIAM T. $150,000

 


Contributions from Opposing Interests 


Total Raised: $22.0 million

Rank Contributor name Total
1 MONSANTO $5,374,484
2 DUPONT PIONEER $3,880,159
3 PEPSICO $2,352,966
4 NESTLE USA $1,528,206
5 THE COCA-COLA COMPANY $1,520,351
6 GENERAL MILLS INC $869,271
7 CONAGRA FOODS $828,251
8 DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC $591,654
9 BAYER CROPSCIENCE $591,654
10 BASF PLANTSCIENCE $500,000

 


Contributions by Geographic Origin
  

Supporting interests are in green; Opposing interests are in red.

 

 

 

  • Less than 60 NO contributors gave $22M   
  • Over 10,500 YES contributors gave $7.7M  

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like a spreadsheet showing all contributions or the raw html of the charts please email pamela@maplight.org. Please cite MapLight if you use data from our analysis. A MapLight analysis of campaign finance data from the Washington Public Disclosure Commission as of October 30, 2013. Links to Voter's Edge are appreciated: I-522  (GMO Labeling) and I-517 (Signature gathering).

 

Background: The initiative, I-522, is a sibling to California's 2012 Proposition 37 (GMO Labeling): many of the major contributors in this race also contributed to committees for or against Proposition 37, and the recent spike in opposition dollars echoes last year when the opposition to Proposition 37, according to the LA Times, "bankrolled" a "media blitz" in the final stretch.

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