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We Will Be Outspent

  • By Ronnie Cummins
    Organic Consumers Association, July 16, 2013

You know it as well as I do.

No matter how many of us dig deep into our pockets, we can never raise as much money for GMO labeling as Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Coca-Cola, Con-Agra, General Mills - and the rest of the pesticide and junk food makers - can raise to bankroll their campaign against our right to know.

The good news is, we don’t have to. We can be outspent in Washington State and still pass a GMO labeling law there in November.

The bad news? We can’t be outspent 6 to 1, as we were in California, or we will lose another key GMO labeling battle.

Please make a donation today . If you help us raise $150,000 by July 27, natural health leader Mercola.com will make a matching donation to the OCA. We will use that money to work as hard as we can on your behalf to get I-522, Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative, and other GMO labeling laws, passed.

The stakes in Washington are just as high as they were in California. A win there means a win for all of us. A win there will mark the beginning of the end of unlabeled GMOs in our food.

But the landscape in Washington is different. The opposition ran a $46-million campaign of lies to defeat California’s Proposition 37. By only a razor-thin margin. Experts tell us that in the smaller Washington market, our opponents will be able to spend only so much money before they saturate the airwaves, and their efforts to brainwash voters become counterproductive.

The question is: Can we raise enough money to reach all the voters in Washington, something we weren’t able to do in California?

I wish I could tell you that a white knight has appeared out of nowhere to fund a winning campaign in Washington. But this is, always has been, a grassroots campaign. Funded by people who are tired of corporations hijacking our food and our health.

People like you.

Yes, we will be outspent in Washington. Because our opponents know how important this battle is. But as long as you care about this issue, we will not be out-committed to winning.

As of this morning, we have raised $44,125 toward our goal. If you have contributed already, thank you. If not, will you consider a donation today to help us reach $150,000, so we can collect on our matching grant and rev up the campaign to label GMOs?

You can make a secure online donation, with a credit card or using paypal. Or you can phone or mail in your contribution. Click here for details. Thank you.

In solidarity,


Ronnie Cummins
National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund



P.S. – Donations to the Organic Consumers Fund, the 501(c) 4 allied lobbying and legislative action arm of the OCA, are not tax deductible. If you need your donation to be tax-deductible, please donate here to the OCA to help continue our critical GMO public education campaign.

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