A group supporting Initiative 522 is doubling down on its legal strategy, asking a Thurston County judge to “sequester” $7 million in contributions channeled through the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and order that anti-522 ads be pulled from TV until a list of top-five contributors is “corrected.”
The lawsuit by a recently incorporated group called Moms for Labeling follows a suit against the GMA last week by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. The food industry lobby group responded by releasing a list of major corporations and the amount they have contributed to the anti-522 campaign.
The No on 522 has been making gains. A new statewide Elway Poll shows opposition to the initiative has risen since No on 522 began its “conversation” with Washington voters on the airwaves and through the mails. The poll still puts the Yes side ahead, but by a margin of only 46-42 percent with 12 percent undecided.
The benchmark for a Washington initiative is that it’s in trouble if support falls below 50 percent in the polls, because undecided voters tend to break No.