Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson
announced March 1 that Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has been ordered
to pay close to $1.1 million in costs and fees from Ferguson’s campaign finance
been penalized $18 million after allegations it intentionally violated the
state’s campaign finance laws. This monetary judgment represents the largest
campaign finance judgment in Washington’s history.
“GMA willfully disregarded Washington state campaign finance
laws,” Ferguson said. “The record-setting penalty
illustrates how egregious GMA’s conduct was. It has been a
multiyear effort to hold them accountable.”
Hirsch of the Thurston County Superior Court ordered GMA to pay the state’s requested attorney fees. She also ordered the association to pay
litigation and investigation costs.
“The state asks for over a million dollars in fees and costs,” Hirsch said in her ruling. “GMA presents three challenges to the state’s cost bill. The court rejects those challenges and awards
the fees and costs as requested.”