November 03, 2016

The Grocery Manufacturers Association was ordered to pay $18 million, the largest campaign finance penalty in US history.

Anne Levinson, chair of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, which enforces our state's campaign expenditure and disclosure laws, praised the decision: "The Court's ruling is a major victory for the integrity of elections in our state. The PDC and the Attorney General will not hesitate to take strong enforcement action whenever there is an attempt to conceal campaign donors."

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) was created and empowered by Initiative of the People to ensure compliance with and equitable enforcement of Washington's disclosure and campaign finance laws. PDC Executive Director Evelyn Fielding Lopez added, "If you are going to engage in politics in Washington, you need to play by Washington's rules"

More information is available in the Thurston County Superior Court ruling and news release from the Washington State Office of The Attorney General.