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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Tim Eyman tries to rile up his supporters with Permanent Defense analysis

On Wednes­day, we pub­lished a report over at Per­ma­nent Defense ana­lyz­ing Tim Eyman’s first two months of fundrais­ing, enti­tled, “Vot­ers Want More Choic­es begins 2011 with no wealthy bene­fac­tor in sight”.

That report appar­ent­ly hit a nerve, because Tim Eyman is present­ly send­ing out a mass-email to his sup­port­ers quot­ing it in full and ask­ing them to respond by giv­ing him more mon­ey… and send­ing me a nasty­gram. Here’s the last part of that mes­sage (which has also been cross-post­ed at unSoundPolitics):

Please send an email to Andrew Vil­leneuve and let him know that his arro­gant gloat­ing inspired you to donate.

You can also email Bri­an Tom­lin­son, can­di­date for Olympia City Coun­cil, who said “God damn Tim Eyman” at a town hall meet­ing on Sat­ur­day: [Bri­an Tom­lin­son’s email address] — tell him that his ugli­ness inspired you to contribute.

It will dri­ve them crazy to learn that their attacks only inspired more peo­ple to help out. They want­ed to hurt our cause, imag­ine how infu­ri­at­ing it’ll be for them to learn they helped our cause. Make sure to ‘cc’ me at [Tim Eyman’s email address] when you send your emails to them — I’ll share the best ones with every­one next week.

Nowhere in his email does Eyman deny what we said about him in that report: that with­out big bucks from a wealthy bene­fac­tor, his ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry will grind to a halt. And that’s because Eyman knows what we know: mon­ey is what has been greas­ing the gears of his oper­a­tion for more than a decade.

The mon­ey Eyman has raised from small-dol­lar donors is neg­li­gi­ble com­pared to what he has received from the likes of wealthy invest­ment banker Michael Dun­mire, Belle­vue devel­op­er Kem­per Free­man Jr., the gam­bling indus­try, BP, Cono­coPhillips, Shell, Bank of Amer­i­ca, Wells Far­go, and USBank.

With­out them, Eyman could not buy his way onto the ballot.

NPI and Per­ma­nent Defense do not have such pow­er­ful allies. We rely prin­ci­pal­ly on finan­cial con­tri­bu­tions from fel­low activists to pay our bills.

For almost ten years,  we’ve fought Tim Eyman and opposed his destruc­tive ini­tia­tives with­out a wealthy benefactor.

Your sup­port has helped make that pos­si­ble. You’ve helped us along the way with your time, tal­ent, and trea­sure. We can’t thank you enough.

But as Tim Eyman’s email above makes clear, our task is not fin­ished. Tim Eyman is not retir­ing. He’s on the hunt for a new wealthy bene­fac­tor. And if his­to­ry is any indi­ca­tion, he’ll find one. He’s known for being relentless.

For­tu­nate­ly, so are we. We haven’t giv­en up and we haven’t burned out because we know you’re count­ing on us. We know that many of you appre­ci­ate get­ting the chance to learn more about we’ve been up to in per­son, and enjoy­ing refresh­ments with oth­er NPI sup­port­ers. That’s why, this April 28th, we’re hold­ing our third Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on Mer­cer Island.

Our speak­ers include Peter Stein­brueck and Reuven Car­lyle, with more to be announced.

If Tim Eyman’s attempt­ed harass­ment has inspired you to con­tribute to help NPI keep going, we urge you to buy a tick­et to our Spring Fundrais­ing Gala now.

Buy an indi­vid­ual tick­et ($40):

Buy a house­hold tick­et ($70):

If you need details about the event for your cal­en­dar, here they are:

  • What: An event to ben­e­fit the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute
  • Who: Peter Stein­brueck, Reuven Car­lyle, NPI’s Andrew Vil­leneuve (with more speak­ers to be announced!)
  • Where: Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter at Mer­cer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mer­cer Island, WA 98040–2235
  • When: Thurs­day, April 28th, 2011. Recep­tion begins at 6:30 PM, main pro­gram to begin at 7:15 PM.
  • What: Refresh­ments, music, mem­o­rable speak­ers, and great company

Can’t attend the gala? You can still make a dona­tion of any amount secure­ly from our web­site. Or, if you pre­fer, you can donate by check. Our address is:

North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute
Post Office Box 264
Red­mond, WA 98073–0264

One more thing: Stu­dents who want to vol­un­teer to help put on the event can get in the door free. If you’re inter­est­ed in vol­un­teer­ing, please get in touch with us.

With your help, NPI’s Per­ma­nent Defense will con­tin­ue watch­dog­ging Tim Eyman and respond­ing to his mis­in­for­ma­tion for years to come.

We hope to see you on April 28th!

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