Is Tim Eyman A “Serial Offender” Of The State’s Reporting Laws As The AG Says? Nope.

by | Dec 23, 2020

Read this and you’ll learn how often the AG has lied about me over the years.

The AG and his cheerleaders in the media have been lying about me for years. My defense attorney Richard Sanders’ questions and my answers showed that:

Mr. Eyman, what was the first statewide initiative you sponsored in Washington StateI-200 – limited affirmative action.

What year was that? 1997

Who was the treasurer? Rep. Scott Smith

Did you receive any compensation for doing that initiative? No.

Was there a campaign reporting complaint made against it? No.

What was your next initiative? I-691 – lower car tabs

Year? 1998

Treasurer? Dave McGregor

Compensation? No.

Complaint? No.

What was your next initiative? I-695 – $30 License Tab Initiative.

Year? 1999

Treasurer? Dave McGregor

Compensation? No.

Complaint? No

Your next initiative? I-722 – 2% Cap on Property Tax Increases
 
Year? 2000
 
Treasurer? Suzanne Karr

Compensation? Yes.

How much? The campaign reports showed payments totaling $60,616.40

Complaint? No

Your next initiative? I-747 – 1% Cap on Property Tax Increases.

Year? 2001

Treasurer? Suzanne Karr

Did you receive any compensation from the political committee for doing that initiative? Yes. 

How much? The campaign reports showed payments totaling $158,697.78
 
Was there a campaign complaint made against it? No. But in early February 2002, I called a reporter for the Associated Press and disclosed that the payments to me on those reports were my salary. Following that, the PDC investigated, referred the case to the AG, and we settled the case. Of the $158K I received in 2001, $40K went to taxes, $70K went to my lawyers, and $55K went to the State in fines from the agreed upon settlement (in other words, all $158K went away).
 
Your next initiative to the people? I-776 – $30 Tabs Initiative.

Year? 2002
 
Treasurer? Royce Benham
 
Compensation? No.

Complaint? No
 
What was your next initiative to the people? I-807 – bring back tax limits that I-601 previously required and the Legislature took away.

Year? 2003
 
Treasurer? Stan Long
 
Compensation? Yes

How much? $46,396.24

Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-892 – lower property taxes.

Year? 2004
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $43,400

Complaint? No

The next initiative? I-900 – Performance Audits of Government Initiative (the 900 pound gorilla):

I-900, the 900 pound gorilla, was overwhelmingly approved by voters.

Year? 2005

Treasurer? Stan Long

Compensation? Yes.
 
How much? $106,525

Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-917 – Bring Back Our $30 Tabs
 
Year? 2006
 
Treasurer? Stan Long
 
Did the initiative get enough signatures? No, it fell 5000 signatures short.
 
Why? Because I didn’t take the advice of the paid signature gathering firm to pay extra money to get extra signatures.

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $86,742.66

Complaint? No

The next initiative? I-960 – Bring back 2/3-vote-to-raise-taxes initiative
 
Year? 2007
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $70,000
 
Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-985 Reduce Traffic Congestion Initiative
 
Year? 2008
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? Yes.
 
How much? I borrowed $150,000 from a line of credit secured by our home.

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $125,338.48
 
Complaint? No

The next initiative? I-1033 Lower Property Taxes Initiative
 
Year? 2009
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? Yes.
 
How much? I borrowed $250,000 from a line of credit.
 
Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $66,025.25
 
Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-1053 Bring back 2/3-vote-to-raise-taxes initiative

Official bill signing photo after Gregoire repealed 2/3-vote-for-taxes requirement

Year? 2010
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? Yes.
 
How much? I borrowed $250,000 from a line of credit.

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $72,142.32
 
Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-1125 Traffic Improvement Initiative
 
Year? 2011
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? No, was still trying to get 2010 loan paid back

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $48,337.22
 
Complaint? No
 
The next initiative? I-1185 Protect the 2/3-vote-to-raise-taxes initiative

Year? 2012
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? No. But I did finally get the 2010 loan repaid

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $57,972.67
 
Complaint? Yes (this case)
 
The next initiative? I-517 Protect Your Right to Vote on Initiatives
 
Year? 2012
 
Treasurer? Stan Long

Compensation? No
 
Complaint? Yes (this case)
 
What was your next initiative that qualified for a vote? I-1366 – 2/3-vote-for-tax-increases Constitutional Amendment Initiative
 
Year? 2015
 
Treasurer? Barbara Smith

Compensation? Yes
 
How much? $46,857.86
 
Complaint? No
 
What was your next initiative that qualified for a vote? I-976 – $30 Tabs Initiative

Year? 2018
 
Treasurer? Barbara Smith

Did you loan any of your own money to that campaign? Yes.
 
How much? Karen and I sold off our family’s retirement fund and loaned $500,000 to kickstart the signature drive.
 
How much is still owed to you on that one? $486,000

Did you receive any compensation for the 3 years you spent qualifying, promoting, and passing I-976 and defending it in court? Yes
 
How much? $10,736
 
Complaint? No

Did you run for Governor? Yes

Year? 2020

Treasurer? Sarah Eckert

Did you receive any compensation in your campaign for Governor? No.

Were there complaints filed against it? Yes, but they were all dismissed.

I was paying close attention to your answers and it sounded to me like you’ve had a large number of political committees that never received a complaint, is that right? 2012 was the first with Stan Long as treasurer.

The State characterizes you as a serial offender of our State’s reporting laws, is that true? It’s not true.

All that money you received and earned over the years, what was it all spent on? Family expenses and the massive costs of defending myself from the State’s investigation and litigation.

You testified yesterday that you have about $30,000 in your personal account and about $4000 in your legal defense fund, is that right? Yes.

That’s all that’s left? Yes.

The State is seeking a sizeable financial penalty, if it’s granted, how would you pay it? I have no idea.

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Is it any wonder that the AG is seeking a lifetime ban on all my future political activity?

really need your help — the massive costs resulting from the AG’s lawsuit are overwhelming. If they take me out, who will dare challenge them? I am so incredibly grateful for your prayers and support during this very difficult time for me and my family.


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Tim

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