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State AG sues industry group fighting I-522

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SEATTLE — Washington’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing a food industry group of violating state campaign finance laws.

The office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a filing Wednesday that the Grocery Manufacturers Association improperly collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identities of contributors. The food industry has been working to defeat Initiative 522 that would require labeling on genetically modified foods.

Much of the money used in the campaign to oppose I-522…

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