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Thursday, August 1st, 2019

As Tim Eyman’s personal income falls, State of Washington asks judge to force him to pay up

Tim Eyman is getting squeezed on the money front. Big time.

The latest monthly financial report filed by the disgraced initiative promoter with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington (for the month of June 2019) shows that for the fourth consecutive month, Eyman’s receipts have declined significantly, while his expenses have not.

At the same time, the State of Washington is making an attempt to collect the civil contempt penalties that Eyman has been busy racking up in the main campaign finance enforcement lawsuit the State filed against him and his associates.

Last Friday, the State moved for an order finding that the Eyman Defendants (Tim Eyman and his now defunct company “Watchdog for Taxpayers, LLC”) be held “jointly and severally responsible for the contempt fines imposed against Eyman Defendants collectively as well as those imposed against Watchdog alone.”

To ensure the order has teeth, the State wants Eyman to be required to pay up within five days of the date of the order. From the state’s motion:

“The State further requests that the order require the Eyman Defendants to pay those contempt fines accrued to date within five days of the date of the order. Finally, the State requests that the Court award the State its fees and costs against the Eyman Defendants jointly and severally for having to bring this motion.”

Motion to order Eyman to pay contempt fines

The contempt fines Eyman owes through August 2nd, 2019 (tomorrow) total $155,500, according to the State’s motion. That’s the grand total for all defendants in the case, including Eyman personally and his LLC. Court costs and attorney’s fees will be extra, so Eyman will owe even more on top of that.

I have no doubt Tim Eyman’s response to this motion will be to whine about how he’s being persecuted and unfairly treated. The reality, though, is that Eyman dug himself into this hole by making stonewalling in the extreme his legal defense strategy. Again and again he has tested the patience of Judge James Dixon and retired Judge Gary Tabor, the special master overseeing discovery matters, in his desperate attempt to evade accountability for his lawbreaking.

Judge Dixon is scheduled to hear oral arguments on this motion tomorrow morning at 9 AM in Thurston County Superior Court. As Eyman has chosen to represent himself, at least for the time being, he will have to appear in court to present arguments against the motion on his own behalf.

Although Eyman is a pro se defendant in State of Washington v. Tim Eyman, he still has big legal bills to pay, and that’s because of his bankruptcy case before Judge Marc Barreca, which is being handled for him by Vortman & Feinstein.

Last month, Eyman paid his bankruptcy attorneys $34,319.32 for their work — fees which were approved by Barreca. That caused his monthly expenses for June 2019 to top $50,000, while his reported income was a mere $6,633.56.

That might sound like a lot, but it pales in comparison to previous months.

Tim Eyman steals a chair from Office Depot

Tim Eyman steals a chair from Office Depot

Prior to Eyman’s now-infamous chair theft in February, his income was over $25,000 a month. But since then, it appears his friends have become fewer in number and less generous. His expenses and liabilities, however, just continue to mount. It looks like his financial situation is becoming extremely precarious.

Eyman’s obsession with postponing his day of reckoning has caused the wheels of justice to grind very slowly. But they are grinding nonetheless. We will let you know how Judge Dixon rules on this motion for payment of contempt fines tomorrow.

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