Campaign Finance Data From Proposition 37

Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money's influence on politics, cumulated the campaign finance data from proposition 37 to see which organizations voted with their money for and against the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.


| March 18, 2013



Bags Of Money In Field

 Interests in support of and opposition to Prop. 37 raised a combined $55.2 million.


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Reposted with permission from MapLight. 

The recent announcement from Whole Foods requiring "all products in our US and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be clearly labeled within five years" has prompted discussion about funders to campaigns for and against California's 2012 failed ballot proposition 37. The measure, if passed, would have required GMO labeling in the state.  

DATA: A MapLight analysis of campaign finance data from the California Secretary of State  

  • Interests in support of and opposition to Prop. 37 raised a combined $55.2 million.   
  • Prop. 37 supporting interests (incl. Mercola, Nature's Path, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, Amy's Kitchen) raised $9.2 million.   
  • Prop. 37 opposing interests (incl. Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Coca Cola, Dow Agrosciences) raised $46 million.   

Prop. 37 FAILED with 6,088,714 (48.6%) YES votes; 6,442,371 (51.4%) NO votes.  

YES ON PROPOSITION 37: $9.2 million raised in total 

1 Mercola.com Health Resources LLC $1,199,000
2 Kent Whealy $1,000,000
3 Nature's Path Foods U.S.A. Inc. Fine Natural Food Products  $660,709
4 Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps All-One-God-Faith Inc $620, 883
5 Organic Consumers Fund $605,667
6 Ali Partovi $288,975
7 Mark Squire $258,000
8 Wehah Farm, Inc., DBA Lundberg Family Farms $251,500
9 Amy's Kitchen $200,000
10 The Stillonger Trust, Mark Squire Trustee $190,000
 





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