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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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