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Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

These were the headlines following the Friday filing of new litigation against Tim Eyman

On Fri­day, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son announced that the State of Wash­ing­ton is suing Tim Eyman, William Agazarm, and Cit­i­zen Solu­tions for $2.1 mil­lion and also pur­su­ing injunc­tive relief bar­ring Eyman from con­tin­u­ing to manip­u­late mon­ey raised from gullible right wing donors. Eyman is accused of seri­ous vio­la­tions of Wash­ing­ton State’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure law dat­ing back to 2012, which we have writ­ten about exten­sive­ly here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate since that time.

The state’s largest media out­lets ran with the news as a top sto­ry. Here is a roundup of head­lines from Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, fol­low­ing Fer­gu­son’s press conference.

KOMO TV's website with Eyman litigation headline

KOMO’s web­site show­ing its head­line from yes­ter­day after­noon (Attor­ney Gen­er­al: Tim Eyman mis­used ini­tia­tive donations)

KING TV's website with Eyman litigation headline

KING’s web­site show­ing its head­line from yes­ter­day after­noon (Tim Eyman sued by state over alleged cam­paign finance violations)

KIRO TV's website with Eyman litigation headline

KIRO’s web­site show­ing its head­line from yes­ter­day after­noon (State sues anti-tax activist, alleges he per­son­al­ly prof­it­ed from unlaw­ful cam­paign transactions)

KCPQ's website showing its headline from yesterday afternoon

KCPQ’s web­site show­ing its head­line from yes­ter­day after­noon (Wash­ing­ton AG sues Tim Eyman over alleged mis­used ini­tia­tive donations)

Above-the-fold Seattle Times headline for April 1st, 2017

Yes­ter­day morn­ing’s Seat­tle Times above-the-fold head­line (State AG goes after Eyman for $2.1M)

Above-the-fold News Tribune headline for April 1st, 2017

Yes­ter­day morn­ing’s News Tri­bune above-the-fold head­line (State AG sues Eyman over ini­tia­tive cam­paign finances). The News Tri­bune’s sis­ter paper The Olympian had an iden­ti­cal above-the-fold presentation.

Above-the-fold Herald headline for April 1st, 2017

Yes­ter­day morn­ing’s Her­ald of Everett above-the-fold head­line (Suit filed against Eyman).

Both KOMO and The Seat­tle Times (who are AP mem­bers) chose to make use of a pho­to­graph tak­en by Elaine Thomp­son of The Asso­ci­at­ed Press in 2016, when the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of I‑1366 was being lit­i­gat­ed in King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court. (The court found the ini­tia­tive to be uncon­sti­tu­tion­al on mul­ti­ple counts and struck it down in its entire­ty… a rul­ing that was lat­er upheld by the Supreme Court.)

The last time Eyman dom­i­nat­ed head­lines to this extent was arguably Feb­ru­ary 4th, 2002, fol­low­ing his admis­sion that he took hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions for his own per­son­al use and lied about it, false­ly claim­ing that he was not get­ting paid. NPI’s Per­ma­nent Defense was found­ed in the wake of that admis­sion, and com­menced oper­a­tions Feb­ru­ary 15th, 2002.

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