It's official: GMO labeling campaign sets spending record
Measure 92 totals of $19M eclipse $15M spent in 2007; contributions nearing $23M mark.
Now it can be said: Spending for and against a ballot measure that requires labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms has set an Oregon record.
As of Friday, total contributions to the principal campaign committees for and against Measure 92 were almost $23 million, and total spending $18.8 million.
The Oregon record goes back to 2007, when $15 million was spent $12 million of it by tobacco companies on a proposed cigarette tax increase to pay for an expansion of childrens health care. Voters rejected the measure; lawmakers funded the expansion by other means in 2009.
Oregon voters rejected a similar GMO labeling measure in 2002.
Voters rejected similar measures in California in 2012 and Washington in 2013, but only after spending of $46 million and $22 million, the latter a record for Washington.
Measure 92 supporters have collected $6.6 million and spent $6.3 million. The latest large contribution came from Tom Hormel at $500,000.
Their totals cover about $1 million spent to qualify Measure 92 for the ballot via initiative petitions.
Opponents have collected $16.3 million and spent $12.5 million.
The latest large contributions came from DuPont Pioneer at $4.46 million, for a total of $4.52 million; and Coca-Cola at $468,000, for a total of $1.16 million.
Am earlier list of large contributors consumer and organic groups for Measure 92, food processors and biotechnology companies against it was posted in a separate story earlier this week.