Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a court to penalize the Grocery Manufacturers Association for allegedly violating the state’s campaign finance laws during a 2013 campaign to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods.

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OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a court to penalize the Grocery Manufacturers Association for allegedly violating the state’s campaign-finance laws during a 2013 campaign to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods.

Ferguson’s office announced Monday that the state filed a motion for summary judgment with Thurston County Superior Court on Friday. The attorney general’s office says that the grocery association also filed a motion Friday seeking to have the case against it dismissed. A message left with GMA on Monday was not immediately returned.

Ferguson sued the group in October 2013, alleging it collected more than $11 million from its members, placed the money in a special “Defense of Brands” account and used it to oppose Initiative 522, without disclosing the true source of the contributions.

I-522 was defeated with 51 percent of the vote.

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