Tell Washington State's Attorney General: Investigate the GMA's Money Laundering Scheme, Don't Punish Moms!

A group of concerned moms and citizens was fed up with the millions of dollars in out-of-state donations pouring into the NO on I-522 campaign in Washington State. So they formed a grassroots group, called Moms for Labeling, and started digging. They found that the Washington D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) was hiding donations from its corporate members. So Moms for Labeling sued the GMA for violating state disclosure laws by laundering money for big corporate interests.

Please scroll down and send a message to Bob Ferguson, attorney general for the state of Washington. Ask Mr. Ferguson to investigate the GMA’s money laundering scheme.

The judge hearing the Moms for Labeling’s case rejected the lawsuit, on a technicality. But what happened next defies reason. The judge then imposed a $10,000 fine on the grassroots group after the GMA countersued the Moms:

The new countersuit by No on 522 asks a judge to decide whether the moms' lawsuit is a "strategic lawsuit against public participation"—that is, a lawsuit aimed at denying or intimidating someone from exercising their right to free speech. It's known as a "SLAPP" suit statute (work out that acronym), and the law's goal is generally to protect citizens from frivolous suits by big companies who are just trying to make it difficult to fight with them. But in this case, the law is being wielded by big companies against citizens. (source:http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/09/26/no-on-522-campaign-files-countersuit-against-moms-for-labeling).

End of story? Not yet. In dismissing the suit, the judge ruled that under the circumstances, only the state attorney general now has the authority to sue the GMA for violating Washington’s Public Disclosure Act. 

Please scroll down and send a message to Bob Ferguson, attorney general for the state of Washington. Ask Mr. Ferguson to investigate the GMA’s money laundering scheme.

The NO on I-522 campaign has so far raised $17.1 million to blanket the airwaves with its lies. The GMA, which represents over 300 corporations including Kraft, Kellogg’s, Monsanto, Dupont, Starbucks, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, ConAgra and General Mills, has kicked in $7.2 million so far – $5 million more than the lobbying group spent last year in California, to defeat a similar GMO labeling initiative.

Who’s missing from the NO on I-522 donor roster this year, in Washington State? The junk food giants who spent millions last year, but this year, are hiding their donations from public view.

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