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Republican megadonor Brian Heywood opens his wallet to fund six-initiative signature drive

A wealthy donor to the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty has begun fun­nel­ing seri­ous mon­ey into a sig­na­ture dri­ve that aims to qual­i­fy a slew of six right wing ini­tia­tives to the 2024 Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture, reports filed this week with the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion by his polit­i­cal com­mit­tee show. 

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State of Washington sues Kim Wyman for public disclosure law violations

The State of Wash­ing­ton is suing Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman for mul­ti­ple pub­lic dis­clo­sure law vio­la­tions, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office announced in a news release this after­noon. “The com­plaint alleges the Wyman cam­paign failed to time­ly file con­tri­bu­tion and expen­di­ture dis­clo­sure reports, as required under the state’s cam­paign finance laws. It also […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics

Attorney General Bob Ferguson requests that Tim Eyman be held in contempt of court

Wash­ing­ton State Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son announced today he is ask­ing courts in Sno­homish and Thurston coun­ties to hold ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman and his asso­ciates in con­tempt of court for fail­ing to ful­ly com­ply with law­­ful­­ly-issued civ­il orders seek­ing doc­u­ments that would shed light on poten­tial vio­la­tions of Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure law. “Despite a subpoena […]

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Hillary Clinton commits to introducing amendment to overturn Citizens United

In a video address to Net­roots Nation 2016, played dur­ing tonight’s clos­ing ple­nary ses­sion in St. Louis, pre­sump­tive Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton com­mit­ted to intro­duc­ing a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment to over­turn the Roberts Court’s hor­ri­ble Cit­i­zens Unit­ed rul­ing with­in her first one hun­dred days in office. “Today I’m announc­ing that in my first thir­ty days as […]

Posted inLitigation, Open Government, Policy Topics

It’s official: Attorney General Ferguson has a second case against Tim Eyman to prosecute

A com­plaint alleg­ing that Tim Eyman failed to fol­low Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure law back in April when he launched an ad cam­paign exco­ri­at­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers for not doing his bid­ding has been returned to Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office for fur­ther action by a unan­i­mous Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion. In an ear­ly after­noon tele­con­fer­ence, Com­mis­sion­ers Anne […]

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Tim Eyman broke the law with ad campaign against Democratic legislators, PDC confirms

Ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman has once against been bust­ed for seri­ous vio­la­tions of Wash­ing­ton State’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure laws. Staff at the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion — Wash­ing­ton’s equiv­a­lent of the Fed­er­al Elec­tions Com­mis­sion — have fin­ished inves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint filed by NPI part­ner Wash­ing­to­ni­ans For Eth­i­cal Gov­ern­ment sev­er­al weeks ago which alleges that Eyman and his associates […]

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Déjà vu: Unmasking of Tim Eyman’s deceptions leads to media field day

Yes­ter­day, Sep­tem­ber 21st, 2015, felt a lot like Feb­ru­ary 5th, 2002. That was the day that peo­ple all over Wash­ing­ton State woke up to the news that Tim Eyman had con­fessed to tak­ing over a hun­dred and fifty thou­sand dol­lars of cam­paign funds for his own per­son­al use while false­ly claim­ing he was work­ing as […]

Posted inElections, Litigation, Live Coverage, Open Government, Policy Topics

Worth noting: Washington State’s elected justices can’t personally solicit campaign cash

On Tues­day, The Seat­tle Times ran a col­umn from Dan­ny West­neat titled “The trou­ble with union dona­tions, school cas­es”, which expressed dis­com­fort over the fact that the Wash­ing­ton Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion has pre­vi­ous­ly donat­ed mon­ey to the cam­paigns of sev­er­al of the jus­tices who now sit on our state Supreme Court. Almost from the moment that […]