Published on September 26th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene0
Attorney General Files New Court Cases Against Tim Eyman; Claims Campaign Disclosure Violations
The legal drama surrounding Initiative King Tim Eyman continues.
Attorney General bob Ferguson today announced the filing of campaign finance complaints against Eyman, three political committees, and their officers and treasurer, according to a press release.
Ferguson alleges that “shoddy accounting practices and improper disclosure of the source of funds for the committees and their ads” violated state law.
In related news, Ferguson announced in a press release last week that Eyman and his company reimbursed Ferguson’s office $10,000 to cover attorneys’ fees and costs. Additionally, Eyman’s political committees paid another $10,000, and signature-gathering firm Citizen Solutions paid an additional $12,969.50. Those payments come in the wake of Eyman, his political committees, and Citizen Solutions allegedly delaying Ferguson’s access to documents related to his investigation
Ferguson filed three separate cases on Friday in Thurston County Superior Court against the political committees and their principals — Eyman, Jack Fagan and Mike Fagan — and their treasurer, Barbara Smith.
“Washington’s campaign finance laws require, and Washingtonians deserve fair, accurate and timely disclosure,” Ferguson said in the release. “When political committees create confusion rather than transparency, I will hold them and the people in charge accountable.”
Here are the nature of the allegations against Eyman as stated in Ferguson’s press release:
One complaint alleges that the “Tougher to Raise Taxes” committee improperly repaid loans totaling over $1 million it received from Eyman and three individuals, because it lacked any kind of written loan agreement and failed to report in-kind contributions it received from other committees in the form of interest payments.
The second complaint alleges that committee “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs” violated state disclosure laws by failing to file an independent expenditure report disclosing its spending on campaign ads against candidates who had opposed a separate Eyman-backed initiative. The complaint also alleges that the committee failed to accurately disclose $3,297.75 in interest payments it made on a loan for “Tougher to Raise Taxes.”
A third complaint alleges the “2/3rds-for-Taxes Constitutional Amendment” committee failed to accurately disclose a $599.66 interest payment it made on a loan for “Tougher to Raise Taxes.”
The complaint also alleges that the committee failed to account properly for all contributions it received.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Linda Dalton and Assistant Attorney General Chad Standifer are handling the cases for the state.
Featured Photo: Portrait of Tim Eyman. Stephen Schwartz/Flickr – licensed under Creative Commons