Tim Eyman ordered to pay additional $2.9 million to reimburse taxpayers

SEATTLE — On Friday, a Superior Court judge ordered Tim Eyman to pay nearly $2.9 million in costs and fees related to the attorney general’s campaign finance lawsuit.

After ruling that Eyman’s “numerous and blatant violations” were intentional, Eyman lost the case in February and was levied a civil penalty of $2.6 million.

On numerous occasions, Eyman’s campaign was caught by the state hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions that eventually ended up in his personal bank account.

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Eyman was ordered to pay $10,000 every month and he has been consistently making payments.

Nearly a half a million dollars in sanctions and fees have been paid by Eyman, related to his willful delay of the state’s case.

“Tim Eyman broke the law — repeatedly — and in order to delay his day of reckoning, he willfully dragged out this case with frivolous and cost-inflating litigation tactics,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “This decision ensures that Tim Eyman bears the cost of his years long obstruction of our case — not the taxpayers.”

Judge James Dixon wrote, “In the history of the Fair Campaign Practices Act enforcement, it would be difficult for the court to conceive of a case with misconduct that is more egregious or more extensive than the misconduct committed by defendant Eyman in this matter.”

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