Washington state court doubles contempt charges for political activist

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Thurston County Superior Court in Washington state has doubled the daily contempt sanctions against political activist Tim Eyman in the state's campaign finance lawsuit against him. 

The court recently increased Eyman's and the signature gathering firm of Citizen Solutions contempt fines to $1,000 per day for their refusal to abide by court orders to release documents relating to the state's lawsuit.

According to the Washington Attorney General's Office, the defendants fine were $250 per day, per defendant and now doubled to $500 per day, per defendant. 

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges against Eyman in March 2017, alleging he improperly used more than $300,000 in contributions to political committees and concealed more than $490,000 in contributions while filing misleading reporting, Ferguson's office said. 

“Tim Eyman and his associates are ignoring multiple court orders and refusing to turn over documents in order to avoid accountability for their intentional campaign finance violations,” Ferguson said in a statement. “It won’t work.”

Eyman and Citizen Solutions have incurred $101,500 in contempt fines plus $35,722.30 for costs and fees associated with Ferguson's legal actions, according to the Attorney General's Office. 

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