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Anti-GMO-Labeling Campaign Brings in $2.37 Million in New Donations

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on October 30, 2014 - 4:08pm

By: Dana Tims

Another day, another spending record for Measure 92, the GMO-labeling initiative appearing on Oregon's Nov. 4 ballot.

Opponents of the measure reported new contributions of $2.37 million Tuesday, according toOregon secretary of state financial filings.

That brings the total money received by the No on 92 Coalition to just over $18.7 million, easily eclipsing the $12.1 million donated by tobacco companies in helping defeat 2007's Measure 50.

Four companies accounted for all of the $2.37 million in new money for the no campaign –MonsantoPepsiCo, Mead Johnson and Dow AgroSciences.

Monsanto's latest $523,000 contribution brings its total for the campaign to $4.6 million. PepsiCo's $950,000 brings its total to $2.3 million. DowAgroSciences' $847,000 donation increases its total to $1.15 million.

The Yes on 92 campaign passed the $7 million mark for the first time Tuesday, due to a flurry of contributions from individuals. The bulk of those ranged from $100 to $500.

Other measures on the Nov. 4 ballot also reported new contributions.

The marijuana legalization and "top-two" primary initiative campaigns reported late Tuesday receiving new contributions from big out-of-state donors.

New Approach PAC, which is tied to the family of the late insurance billionaire Peter Lewis, gave $250,000 to the Yes on 91 campaign seeking to legalize marijuana.  That brings the group's total contributions to the Oregon legalization effort to $1.5 million.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another billionaire who founded a financial media business, gave another $250,000 to the Measure 90 campaign.  That initiative is seeking to create a new nonpartisan primary system that would advance the top two finishers, regardless of party, to the general election.

Bloomberg, who spent $7.5 million on an unsuccessful campaign in 2003 to get New York City voters to adopt a nonpartisan primary system, has now given a total of $1.93 million to Oregon's Measure 90 campaign.

Originally Published: Oregon Live

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