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Association: Threats should shield members from disclosure

Soon-to-be rebranded Grocery Manufacturers Association seeks dismissal of $6 million election-related fine in Washington state

Mitchell addresses Washington Supreme CourtRobert Mitchell, representing the Grocery Manufacturers Association, urges the Washington Supreme Court on Oct. 22 to dismiss a $6 million fine against the group. Deputy Solicitor General Callie Castillo, representing the state, watches in the background.

Oct. 25, 2019
By Walt Williams

Attorneys for the Grocery Manufacturers Association are urging Washington state’s highest court to dismiss a multi-million dollar fine against the group by arguing that association members have the right to seek anonymity on political matters to avoid death threats and other harassment.