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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Monsanto Gives $4.2 Million to Kill California GMO Labeling Initiative

California Right to Know Campaign

New campaign finance reports reveal that Monsanto Co. just contributed $4.2 million to defeat Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food. That is the largest contribution in the race. Total contributions to defeat Proposition 37 amount to $25 million, and nearly $23 million during the last week.

Other major new contributions against Proposition 37 were given by E. I. Dupont de Nemours ($1,273,600), Dow Agrosciences ($1,184,800) and PepsiCo ($1,126,079).

"The giant pesticide and food companies are afraid of the mothers and grandmothers who want the right to know what's in our food," said Stacy Malkan, media director of California Right to Know. "These companies will try to buy the election, but it won't work. California moms and dads will prevail over Monsanto and Dupont."

Thus far, the "Big 6" pesticide companies (Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont) have contributed $13.5 million to defeat Proposition 37.

Of the twenty largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign, only one (Nestle USA) is from a company based in California. And even Nestle USA is a subsidiary of the giant Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé S.A.

To date, total contributions against Proposition 37 are approximately $25 million. Details of the newly reported contributions are below.

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR
CITY
STATE/ZIP
AMOUNT
MONSANTO COMPANY
SAINT LOUIS
MO / 63167
$4,208,000.00
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.
WASHINGTON
DC / 20004
$1,273,600.00
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
INDIANAPOLIS
IN / 46268
$1,184,800.00
PEPSICO, INC.
PURCHASE
NY / 10577
$1,126,079.94
NESTLE USA, INC.
GLENDALE
CA / 91203
$607,928.61
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA
ATLANTA
GA / 30313
$603,191.45
BAYER CROPSCIENCE
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA
NC / 27709
$554,400.00
CONAGRA FOODS
OMAHA
NE / 68102
$520,101.54
BASF PLANT SCIENCE
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA
NC / 27709
$519,200.00
KELLOGG COMPANY
BATTLE CREEK
MI / 49016
$516,952.06
HERSHEY COMPANY
HERSHEY
PA / 17033
$283,753.06
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
AUSTIN
MN / 55912
$260,243.61
SYNGENTA CORPORATION
WASHINGTON
DC / 20006
$260,000.00
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.
LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO
MA / 02349
$199,506.32
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC
PARSIPPANY
NJ / 07054
$191,107.80
DEAN FOODS COMPANY
DALLAS
TX / 75204
$182,381.90
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.
SPARKS
MD / 21152
$178,252.37
RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION
BUFFALO
NY / 14213
$160,123.18
CARGILL, INC.
WAYZATA
MN / 55391
$143,575.49
MORTON SALT
CHICAGO
IL / 60606
$14,879.01
INVENTURE FOODS, INC.
PHOENIX
AZ / 85054
$10,846.39
HOUSE-AUTRY MILLS, INC.
FOUR OAKS
NC / 27524
$1,077.27




Total


$13,000,000.00
Thus far, the twenty largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign are below.
MONSANTO COMPANY
SAINT LOUIS
MO / 63167
$4,208,000.00
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.
WASHINGTON
DC / 20004
$4,025,200.00
PEPSICO, INC.
PURCHASE
NY / 10577
$1,716,300.00
BASF PLANT SCIENCE
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA
NC / 27709
$1,642,300.00
BAYER CROPSCIENCE
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PA
NC / 27709
$1,618,400.00
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
INDIANAPOLIS
IN / 46268
$1,184,800.00
NESTLE USA, INC.
GLENDALE
CA / 91203
$1,169,400.00
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA
ATLANTA
GA / 30313
$1,164,400.00
CONAGRA FOODS
OMAHA
NE / 68102
$1,076,700.00
SYNGENTA CORPORATION
WASHINGTON
DC / 20006
$821,300.00
KELLOGG COMPANY
BATTLE CREEK
MI / 49016
$632,500.00
GENERAL MILLS, INC.
GOLDEN VALLEY
MN / 55426
$519,401.17
HERSHEY COMPANY
HERSHEY
PA / 17033
$395,100.00
THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY
ORRVILLE
OH / 44667
$388,000.00
COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
WASHINGTON
DC / 20024
$375,000.00
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
WASHINGTON
DC / 20005
$375,000.00
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
AUSTIN
MN / 55912
$374,300.00
BIMBO BAKERIES USA
HORSHAM
PA / 19044
$338,300.00
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.
LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO
MA / 02349
$301,553.21
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC
PARSIPPANY
NJ / 07054
$266,100.00

For more information about California Right to Know, and labeling of genetically engineered foods, see: www.CaRightToKnow.org.
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