Opponents of l-522 GMO labeling initiative outspend supporters 4 to 1 thanks to out-of-state donors
You’ve likely seen the commercials, farmers saying food prices will go up ifWashington state Initiative 522 is passed, and then the other side, claiming the new law wouldn’t impact food prices at all.
The Seattle Times has taken a look at the claims these commercials have made, and found that they contain some truths and some misleading claims.
Those commercials are a few examples of how the millions of dollars that have been raised by the campaigns for and against the genetically modified foods labeling initiative are being spent to sway voters ahead of next week’s election.
But one side has raised significantly more than the other and has a pretty big backer: Agricultural biotechnology companyMonsanto. On Monday, Monsanto contributed $540,000 to the “No on 522” campaign, bringing the company’s total donations to nearly $5.4 million so far, about 22 percent of the total $22 million the campaign has raised.
That’s the most money raised for any state initiative in Washington’s history. The next closest was the successful campaign to privatize Washington’s liquor sales, which spent $20 million in 2011. By comparison, the group supporting Washington’s gay marriage referendum (which was a referendum, not an initiative) raised $8 million last year.