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Tim E. Eyman

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Permanent Offense , Inc.

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Professional Initiative Consultant

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Tim Eyman's lawsuit against the Office of Financial Management is without merit :: Permanent Defense

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Opposing right wing initiatives and fighting Tim Eyman
Tim Eyman's Failure Chart Voters Want Better Choices Think Before You Ink Who is Tim Eyman? Tim Eyman's Failure Chart Voters Want Better Choices Think Before You Ink Who is Tim Eyman? Tim Eyman's lawsuit against the Office of Financial Management is without merit In the CourtsRethinking and Reframing Last week, as required by law, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) completed and published its fiscal impact statement for Initiative 1185, Tim Eyman's latest attempt to mess up the plan of government that our founders gave us at statehood. Tim Eyman, who is showrunning I-1185 on behalf of powerful, greedy corporations like BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and Tesoro, is very unhappy that OFM has exposed what was previously a hidden cost of I-1053 and now I-1185. So he's filed suit against the state demanding that he and his lawyers be allowed to rewrite the fiscal impact statement to wrongly claim that I-1185 will have no fiscal impact. Hilariously, Eyman is asking Thurston County Superior Court James Dixon to grant him a writ of mandamus to force the Office of Financial Management to issue a new fiscal impact statement declaring that I-1185 will have no fiscal impact. Failing that, Eyman wants a writ of prohibition to block Secretary of State Sam Reed from including OFM's already-completed statement in the voters' pamphlet. Eyman will be representing himself in court this Friday to argue his case (and no, we're not making this up), because apparently his corporate backers weren't interested in paying for someone who actually understands the law (and has been admitted to the bar to practice it) to represent Eyman. Eyman did get help from his friends at Groen & Stepehens to prepare a brief in advance of the court hearing, in which Eyman states the following: Hasn't Tim always argued that the voters are smart enough to know when they're being misled? If OFM is deliberately attempting to deceive the public - as Master Deceiver Tim Eyman says they are - then we've got nothing to worry about. The voters will see right through them when it comes time to make a decision on I-1185. Seriously, though, it's beyond ironic that Tim Eyman is expressing concern about "inaccuracies" that "might mislead the voters about what the measure actually does". Tim has been misleading the voters and the press about the true costs and consequences of his initiatives for years. We've seen it firsthand - we've been responding to his fabrications for more than a decade. Tim is a very slick salesman ... nobody is more effective at spreading misinformation about state government than he is. This lawsuit is merely Tim's latest attempt to spread misinformation. What he is trying to do is mask some of the harm that his initiative would cause by hiding OFM's analysis from the people of the State of Washington. Tim Eyman is now asking a court to force OFM to not account for its prior mistake - in other words, to not make use of what it has learned about I-1053 since I-1053 went into effect - because he does not want the truth about the consequences of I-1053's clone I-1185 to be known and to be discussed. Eyman's lawsuit is completely without merit. OFM has not committed any wrongdoing. The agency should not be compelled to reissue its fiscal impact statement for I-1185 simply because Tim Eyman doesn't like it. Attorney General Rob McKenna - whose office has often defended Eyman's initiatives (including I-1053 and I-960) in court - has asked Judge James Dixon to deny Eyman's motion and dismiss the case with prejudice. The Court's decision not to act in that case benefited Eyman, because it did not find his two-thirds scheme to be unconstitutional. (The Court will have another opportunity to do so later this year after it has heard oral arguments in the lawsuit against I-1053). Ironically, Eyman is now the one asking the judiciary for a writ of mandamus (and, failing that, a writ of prohibition). Tim Eyman claims he's "optimistic" that Supreme Court will side with him in lawsuit against I-1053 > Tim Eyman's lawsuit against the Office of Financial Management is without merit What we do Permanent Defense works to protect Washington by building a first line of defense against threats to the common wealth and Constitution of the Evergreen State - like Tim Eyman's initiative factory. Tim Eyman concedes he won't make 2016 ballot; NPI's Permanent Defense ready to fight I-869


Voters Want Better Choices :: Permanent Defense

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Permanent Defense: Fighting right wing initiatives and opposing Tim Eyman
Skip to content Voters Want Better Choices Welcome to the Voters Want Better Choices Platform for Tax Reform - Permanent Defense's answer to Tim Eyman's destructive ideas. Who is Tim Eyman? Research and Reports Campaign Materials


Who is Tim Eyman? :: Permanent Defense

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Permanent Defense: Fighting right wing initiatives and opposing Tim Eyman
Skip to content Who is Tim Eyman? Tim Eyman (Photo: Stephen Schwarz, reproduced under a Creative Commons license) Tim Eyman (Photo: Stephen Schwartz, reproduced under a Creative Commons license) Tim Eyman is Washington's most prolific sponsor of right wing ballot measures. He uses the Evergreen State's initiative and referendum process to undermine representative democracy by forcing public votes on schemes purposely intended to wreck government. Eyman is one of many Grover Norquist clones trying to dismantle America's common wealth at the state level. Eyman was born on December 22nd, 1965 in Yakima and was adopted there immediately after his birth. He studied business at Washington State University, graduating in 1988. He later moved to Mukilteo (where he currently lives with his wife and family) to start a business selling custom wristwatches to fraternities and sororities. The business was successful at first, but it collapsed when Eyman tried to expand too aggressively. He rebuilt it with the help of his wife. Eyman's political involvement began in 1997, when he sponsored an initiative to the Legislature (I-200) to prohibit affirmative action in higher education and government hiring and contracting. After handing the I-200 campaign off to Carlson, Eyman started looking for some other scheme to turn into an initiative. Eyman qualified Initiative 695 by capitalizing on the Legislature's unwillingness to fix the broken motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) which many Washingtonians disliked. To this day, Initiative 695 remains the only initiative campaign he has run that relied on volunteers to collect signatures, rather than paid mercenary petitioners. (It takes less than half a million dollars to purchase a place on Washington's ballot; anyone with money can successfully qualify any initiative they want, no matter what the idea or the degree of actual popular support for it). The Legislature and then Governor Locke gutlessly decided to capitulate to Eyman and reinstate Initiative 695, thereby eliminating the statewide motor vehicle excise tax. They and locally elected leaders subsequently backfilled as much as they could to offset the damage, but I-695 left great scars that are still visible today, especially to communities that rely on Washington State Ferries. Eyman's success with Initiative 695 endeared him to a number of wealthy conservatives, who put up the money for him to qualify Initiative 722 (an attempt to artificially limit property taxes) in 2000. The same year, Eyman turned to asphalt pavers for money to simultaneously qualify another scheme: Initiative 745. I-745 aimed to force WSDOT, Washington State's Department of Transportation, to spend ninety percent of its funding on roads. Voters rejected I-745 and approved I-722; I-722 was soon torched by a legal challenge. Eyman returned in 2001 with Initiative 747, a second attempt to artificially limit property taxes. Campaign records showed Eyman had transferred money - a lot of money - from his political action committee (Permanent Offense) to a for profit corporation he had created with the same name (Permanent Offense Inc.) As Eyman launched his next campaign, Initiative 776, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Neil Modie wrote a story about Eyman's suspicious money transfers (Eyman paid himself $165,000, Friday, February 1st, 2002). As Eyman launched his next campaign, Initiative 776, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Neil Modie wrote a story about Eyman's suspicious money transfers (Eyman paid himself $165,000, Friday, February 1st, 2002). In it, Eyman was quoted as saying, "I get no money promoting the various initiatives. I make a lot of money selling watches. I don't need any extra." But that was a lie. Forty eight hours after the Post-Intelligencer story ran, Eyman telephoned the Associated Press' David Ammons (now the Communications Director for Secretary of State Kim Wyman) to admit what Sinderman had suspected all along, and what the Post-Intelligencer had charged: Eyman had been pocketing campaign funds for his own personal profit. Forty eight hours after the Post-Intelligencer story ran, Eyman telephoned the Associated Press' David Ammons (now the Communications Director for Secretary of State Kim Wyman) to admit what Sinderman had suspected all along, and what the Post-Intelligencer had charged: Eyman had been pocketing campaign funds for his own personal profit. The disclosure surprised Eyman's partners, Monte Benham of Kennewick, and Jack and Mike Fagan of Spokane, who announced at a news conference in the Secretary of State's office that they were "benching" Eyman as "quarterback" of Permanent Offense and taking control of the campaign checkbook. Eyman turned his attention to fundraising for Initiative 776 and unusually began shunning the media spotlight. And he kept the hundreds of thousands of dollars he had pocketed for himself, even though Benham publicly urged him to return it. The aftermath of Eyman's disclosure saw the founding of Permanent Defense, which to this day continues to oppose his initiatives. It also saw an investigation by the Public Disclosure Commission into Eyman's finances. The PDC recommended in April of 2002 that Attorney General Chris Gregoire file a lawsuit against Eyman, which she did. (Eyman settled the lawsuit with the Attorney General that summer, paying a $50,000 fine and agreeing never again to serve as campaign treasurer). Eyman returned as Permanent Offense's spokesman in July of 2002, as he and his cohorts turned in signatures for the measure. In the ensuing months Eyman proceeded to launch two more initiatives - Initiative 267 and Initiative 269, neither of which succeeded. The former, a second attempt to divert transportation funding to road building, was eventually abandoned; the latter, an effort to choke government spending in public services, never got off the ground. Initiative 776 narrowly passed in November of 2002. Despite its passage, and its later survival of a legal challenge, it did not succeed in destroying Sound Transit's Central Link light rail project as Eyman had intended. Ground was broken on the project late the following year, and construction was finished six and half years later in mid 2009. Central Link opened to the public on July 18th, 2009 with strong ridership on its opening weekend. The project's successful completion sealed a huge triumph for Permanent Defense and its fellow defenders of the common wealth over Tim Eyman. Following the November 2002 election, Eyman announced plans for his 2003 initiative (which later became I-807). As 2003 progressed, Eyman faced a conundrum: He could not find the money to fund a signature drive for Initiative 807, a scheme to require supermajority votes for revenue increases. His previous mistakes and lies had finally caught up with his fundraising. Eyman turned his attention toward raising money for himself, ultimately setting up an unorthodox political committee, "Help Us Help Taxpayers" just for the purpose of raising money for himself and the Fagans. Permanent Defense ally Steve Zemke charged that Eyman was evading public disclosure rules, but the Public Disclosure Commission declined to discipline Eyman. The following year Eyman sponsored an initiative to slash property taxes (Initiative 864) which, like I-807, ran aground because Eyman couldn't find the money to buy his way onto the ballot. In the spring of 2004, sensing that I-864 was in trouble, Eyman made a deal with casino owners, including the out of state Great Canadian Gaming, to sponsor an initiative that would legalize electronic slot machines (or video lottery terminals) everywhere across the state. Taxes collected on the slot machines would be used to offset property taxes. Thanks to the gambling industry's money, Eyman qualified Initiative 892, but it was wildly unpopular: voters overwhelmingly rejected it that November. In August of 2004, a few months before voters rejected Initiative 892, Eyman finally found someone willing to put up money for his initiatives: Woodinville multimillionaire Michael Dunmire, who made a fortune as an investment banker. Dunmire also cosponsored Eyman's 2010 measure, Initiative 1053, but the funding for that was largely provided by oil companies (BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell), Wall Street banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo) and other large corporation recruited by the Association of Washington Business (AWB). There are apparently limits on what Dunmire is able to give at one time , however, as Eyman has repeatedly resorted to borrowing money against his home from USBank (another I-1053 donor) to fund initiative campaigns for I-9


About Permanent Defense :: Permanent Defense

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Permanent Defense: Fighting right wing initiatives and opposing Tim Eyman
Skip to content About Permanent Defense Permanent Defense was founded by Andrew Villeneuve in February of 2002 to oppose Tim Eyman, Permanent Offense, and Initiative 776. After Eyman's Initiative 776 qualified for the ballot, its founder resolved to continue its mission until Eyman was out of the initiative business. It was accepted into major search engines such as Google, MSN (now Bing), Yahoo!, and Alta Vista in the summer of 2002. It was subsequently accepted and listed in the Open Directory Project and can now be found on almost every web directory or search engine on the World Wide Web. In the fall of 2002, Permanent Defense formed a partnership with other groups to form the NO on Initiative 776 Campaign to reach a common goal: defeat of Initiative 776. Although its first mission, the defeat of Initiative 776, was unsuccessful, it remained committed to informing voters, stopping Tim Eyman, and promoting real tax reform and relief for Washingtonians. In 2006 Permanent Defense worked to help defeat Tim Eyman's Referendum 65 (legalizing discrimination) and Initiative 917 (destroying transportation funding - considered to be the sequel to I-912), neither of which managed to qualify for the ballot. Both triumphs were significant victories that ensured a rare November ballot free of measures sponsored by Eyman. In 2009, Permanent Defense helped stop Initiative 1033, perhaps Eyman's most destructive measure ever, which would have trapped Washington State in a permanent recession. In 2011, Permanent Defense helped organize opposition to Tim Eyman's I-1125, which voters defeated. In 2012, Permanent Defense worked against I-1185, a clone of I-960 and I-1053. In 2013, Permanent Defense helped organized the bipartisan, diverse coalition against Tim Eyman's I-517. To expose the manner in which Tim Eyman, the Fagans, and their followers deceive taxpayers with anti-government propaganda To maintain an Internet presence opposing Tim Eyman and his harmful schemes To collectively oppose Tim Eyman and his initiative factory and provide advance threat analysis of Eyman's initiatives Who is Tim Eyman? Research and Reports Campaign Materials Who is Tim Eyman?


Impact of Initiative 900 :: Permanent Defense

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Permanent Defense: Fighting right wing initiatives and opposing Tim Eyman
RE: Impact of Tim Eyman's proposed performance audits initiative RE: Impact of Tim Eyman's proposed performance audits initiative - followup Q: Tim Eyman now says all of the costs of his initiative will be funded by 1/100 of 1% of the state sales and use tax, which is supposed to generate $10 million per year. Who is Tim Eyman? Research and Reports Campaign Materials


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