by Stacy Malkan
CA Right to Know 

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

 

Read the full news release here: http://www.carighttoknow.org/monsanto_gives_4_2_million_to_kill_california_gmo_labeling_initiative