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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What will Tim Eyman's haul be this year?

Since Eyman's brought the subject up himself, it seems an appropriate question to ask. From his email to the media today:
RE: Don't worry, Christian Sinderman will get paid in full

When the July 31st financial report for the NO ON I-960 campaign showed that the state teachers' union (WEA) owed Christian Sinderman $5000 for his anti-960 political consulting work, I think all of us were really concerned. After all, he's a talented, earnest, hardworking professional and it simply wouldn't be fair for him to work for free.

That's why we were so relieved when we saw the special interest money spigot start to gush on August 6th. $125,000 in a single day. $50,000 from SEIU 775 and $75,000 from SEIU Washington State Council. Christian deserves a bonus.
Nice sarcasm, Tim. You would know all about being a paid political professional... because you are one. Now, we think there's nothing wrong with being compensated for political work, but when you lie about taking money from your own supporters and when you critcize others for collecting a paycheck from a "special interest" when you are too...well, that's just downright dishonest.

Hypocrisy at its finest.

Last year - even with zero successful initiatives - Eyman raked in $86,743 for his salary. The year before, he amassed $104,000.

Much of both those totals came from his wealthy financier, one man special interest Woodinville multimillionaire Michael Dunmire (who lately likes to accompany Tim around as he makes public appearances.)

And those figures do not include the money his partners, the Fagans of Spokane, got in either 2005 or 2006. (If they split it equally, then they each got about half as much as Eyman did).

So, any guesses as to how much Eyman will get this year? What will his haul be? One thing's for sure: it won't be tied to success, considering Eyman's many failures.

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