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Washington state judge grants subpoena request against Tim Eyman, political committees

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 30, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that a Snohomish County judge has granted his request to enforce subpoenas for Tim Eyman, his political committees and his for-profit company.

The respondents must disclose necessary documents by July 13 as mandated by Ellen Fair, Snohomish County superior court judge. The respondents also will need to reimburse the Attorney General’s Office for attorney fees and costs associated with the enforcement of subpoenas.

“No one is above the law,” Ferguson said. “My office will conduct a full investigation of this matter, and I will not allow Tim Eyman to impede it.”

The Attorney General’s Office had noted the matter “has been significantly hindered and essentially stalled by respondents’ refusal to provide the records.” It therefore urged the court to issue an order that would compel the respondents to produce records required by Ferguson’s civil orders.

The civil orders came back Nov. 13, 2015. Ferguson’s office issued the orders to Eyman, his political committees, including Voters Want More Choices and Protect Your Right to Vote on Initiatives, his for-profit company, Tim Eyman Watchdog for Taxpayers, and Citizen Solutions and its principals. 

Ferguson sought business and financial information to aid in his case that began in 2012. A complaint had arisen during April of that year that alleged failures to register as political committees, failure to file timely reports on expenditures and contributions, and the use of funds raised in support of one initiative for a different initiative.

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