Court: GMA unlawfully hid donors’ identities from public

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via Court: GMA unlawfully hid donors’ identities from public.

EXCERPT: Under the law, sanctions for campaign finance disclosure violations can include a penalty equal to the amount not reported as required. If the court finds that the violation was intentional, that penalty amount can be tripled.

Court: GMA unlawfully hid donors’ identities from public

Washington State Office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson, 11 Mar 2016
http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=28a64d02479d9d79402df2b20&id=eea303e966

* AG Ferguson prevails in landmark campaign finance lawsuit; penalty decision to come

In a decision made public today, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association violated Washington campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding the identities of major corporate donors funding efforts to defeat a food labeling initiative in Washington.

“This landmark case has been a long fight for accountability,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “This ruling sends an unequivocal message: Big money donors cannot evade Washington law…

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