- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A ballot measure that would require labels on genetically engineered foods is poised to reach an Oregon spending record.

Both sides of the battle over Measure 92 have raised more than $17 million combined - a number that’s likely to grow in the three weeks before the Nov. 4 election. They’re reported spending about $13 million.

The previous spending record was around $16 million for a 2007 fight over a proposed hike in tobacco taxes to pay for children’s health care. That measure failed.

Opponents of the food labeling measure have a fundraising advantage, reporting nearly twice the contributions. The money comes largely from large food producers and agribusiness companies.

Big donors to the Yes campaign include natural foods companies.

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