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Prop 37: Sometimes Lying and Even Crime Pays

by: Jill Richardson

Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 23:13:40 PM PDT

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Today was an interesting day in the Prop 37 campaign. Here's how it was covered in one CA publication.

And here's the full story...

A while back, I posted photos of a mailer I received from the No on 37 campaign, a corporate-funded campaign opposing CA's Prop 37, which, if passed, will require GMO labeling. The Right to Know (Yes on 37) campaign contacted me and asked if I would send that to them. And I did. Little did I know, one part of that mailer was possibly a felony committed by the No on 37 campaign. This photo:


The Right to Know campaign filed a complaint to the Department of Justice, saying this was an unlawful use of the FDA's logo. Yesterday, Right to Know got a follow-up call about their complaint from the FBI. They put out word that the FBI was investigating No on 37 and schedule a press call today. The press call also addressed some other deceptions and lies by No on 37.

For example, they also said that No on 37 has twisted and lied about statements and positions by any number of authoritative government bodies and organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the World Health Organization. Among the people saying this is Michael Hansen of Consumers Union, a man who has proven very trustworthy in my experience.

Prior to the press call, the US Attorney's office put out a press release saying the following:

Due to press inquiries this morning, it has come to the attention of this office that some persons have suggested that this office has an active investigation relating to the use of the FDA seal in an advertisement relating to a campaign involving Proposition 37.  Approximately two weeks ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office received a letter complaining about the misuse of the official seal of the FDA in a campaign advertisement.   We have referred the matter to the FDA for any action they believe is appropriate.  Neither the FBI nor this office has a pending investigation related to this matter.

Exactly 18 minutes into the press call, the No on 37 campaign blasted that press release out to journalists on the call along with this message:

Stretching the truth? Misrepresenting the truth? Or flat out lying?  Yes on 37 sent out a dramatically headlined press release claiming that the FBI is looking into the No on 37 campaign.

Guess what: It's not true. The US Justice Department just issued the following statement: "Neither the FBI nor this office has a pending investigation related to this matter."

Yes on 37 can't win on the facts, they can't win on the science. So they're, ummm, stretching the truth - to be kind.

Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems.

Desperate times DO call for desperate measures, it seems. Like lying to consumers that knowing what they are eating will raise their food prices. Honestly, why is industry SO opposed to letting consumers know if they are eating GMOs are not?

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meanwhile on one of my food list servs (4.00 / 2)
someone posted about how Prop 37 would be a "windfall for trial lawyers

He works for Monsanto

and I was deemed "difficult" by the lists moderators all Conservative because of my political comments

not actually true (4.00 / 1)
because the damages will be paid to the state, not to the winning lawyer. So any trial lawyer who takes this on for profit is a dumbass.

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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I don't think an individual would sue over this (4.00 / 1)
unless they've got more money than Romney and like to sue over principle. No lawyer would take something like that on contingency. At least I don't think.

However, if there are NGOs out there who think that someone's not labeling properly, then, yah, there would be a law suit. Their lawyers are either on the payroll, doing pro bono work, or are on retainer.

In a situation where someone or a company was being sued, it wouldn't make any difference who wins or looses, the lawyer still would get paid. And this is as it should be. None of us work for a living without expecting to be paid for our time, and lawyers are no different. Kinda hard to pay the bills it you're working for free. The one who wouldn't get paid is the person or group/company that made the complaint to the courts.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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It will be a windfall for Monsanto's trial lawyers that's for sure. (4.00 / 2)
If it wins, they'll sue to prevent it from being implemented. Good thing our Attorney General's department is run by a 'liberal' San Francisco 'trial lawyer' and it has a pretty big staff, being that California is the largest state by population.

It seems the Yes on 37 folks saved a lot of their money for a last-minute ad blitz. Hope that works out for them!

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