The American Chemistry Council—a lobbying organization that represents the plastics industry—just dumped another $300,000 into the campaign against a proposed 20-cent fee on disposable grocery bags yesterday. The contribution brings the total for the industry's Astroturf anti-bag campaign to just over $1 million.

In contrast, the pro-fee Green Bag campaign (to which PubliCola donated an ad several months ago) had raised all of $62,000 by that same date. However, the vast majority of those donations were from individuals, with a few thousand each coming from environmental groups like People for Puget Sound, the Sierra Club, and Washington Conservation Voters.

Seattle voters will vote on the bag fee on August 18. A "yes" vote upholds the fee; a "no" vote overturns it.
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