This morning, we’re proud to announce we have added a new tool to Permanent Defense’s website called Eye on Money, which can be found under Research & Reports. Eye on Money uses StopGreed-style charts to visually break down contributions to Tim Eyman’s initiative factory.
As the chart for Tim Eyman’s current measure shows, the vast majority of funding for Initiative 1125 came from just one wealthy benefactor: Kemper Freeman, Jr. He’s responsible for 84% of the total raised. Another 10% is money transfers from Tim Eyman’s other committees. The remaining 6% represents everyone else.
Eyman would have us all believe his initiatives are made possible by the thousands of supporters he claims to have. In reality, as we’ve said for years, he wouldn’t have the power and influence he has without his wealthy benefactors.
Eye on Money also ranks Tim Eyman’s top all-time wealthy benefactors. As regular readers might expect, Michael Dunmire comes in at No. 1. He’s given more than three million dollars to prop up Eyman’s schemes.
Kemper Freeman, Jr. comes in at No. 2. Not only has he put more than a million dollars into I‑1125, he’s also donated tens of thousands of dollars to past Eyman schemes going back more than a decade.
Coming in at No 3. is foreign gambling conglomerate Great Canadian Gaming, which collaborated with Eyman on I‑892 in 2004. They sunk nearly a quarter of a million into that scheme, which was resoundingly defeated by voters.
The list also includes Michaels Development at No. 4 (an ad agency, the second largest donor to I‑892) and former Columbia Helicopters chairman Wes Lematta at No. 5. British Petroleum (BP) and Tesoro are tied for sixth place. Gaming Consultants, another I‑892 donor, holds the seventh spot, and the Sam Adams Alliance and ConocoPhillips are tied for eighth place.
These entities represent Eyman’s top-ten all time wealthy benefactors. Each has put at least $75,000 at Eyman’s disposal over the years. More than half of them have supported multiple Eyman initiatives.
Without these benefactors, Eyman’s initiative factory would have ground to a halt years ago. Big money is what greases its gears and keeps Eyman in business.
We anticipate adding more charts and data to Eye on Money in the weeks and months to come. We encourage readers to bookmark Eye on Money and check in regularly to see who is funneling cash into Tim Eyman’s initiative factory.