Foes of Initiative 522 – the ballot measure seeking to require labels on genetically engineered foods — still have more than a month to go before they’ll know whether their anti-labeling arguments will prevail at the ballot box.
But already, they’ve won top honors in at least one Washington election category: Raising money against a statewide initiative.
As of late Monday, the No on 522 Committee’s funding totals surged to $17.2 million, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.
The new total has shattered the state record for most money raised in opposing a statewide ballot measure, PDC figures show. The previous record was set in 2011 by opponents of the liquor sales privatization Initiative 1183.
Meantime, the Yes on I-522 Committee received another $500,000 donation from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the latest reports show. That brings the pro-labeling side’s funding totals to $4.8 million.
When combining totals for both campaigns, the $21.9 million in contributions raised so far in the I-522 race has surged into second place all-time in Washington for collective money raised in a ballot measure campaign.