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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.

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