My name is Tim Eyman.
I’m a battle tested conservative political activist. For 22 years, I’ve sponsored and qualified 17 statewide initiatives for a public vote. Voters have approved 10 of them. Those successful tax initiatives have saved taxpayers over $43 billion so far. Liberals despise me because I am a relentless advocate for conservative values in such a liberal Seattle-centric state. And no matter how much they attack me, the initiatives we sponsor consistently win at the ballot box. It drives them crazy.
Why do I need help?
Washington state’s Attorney General — Democrat Bob Ferguson — is attacking me and my family.
This is the same Democrat AG who’s constantly suing President Trump (35 times), suing a grandmother for not doing the flowers at a gay wedding, suing a high school football coach for praying after games, and suing other conservatives.
Ferguson is running for governor in 2020 and he figures that suing conservatives like me will impress the crazy liberals in his party. His lawsuit against me seeks to impose on me a lifetime ban on all future political activity. That’s right — his stated purpose is to stop me from doing initiatives for the rest of my life. This is political persecution.
Last year at his splashy press conference, the AG announced he was going after me and wants a $2.1 million fine and a lifetime ban on all future political activity by me.
My attorney responded:
“For all the heated rhetoric earlier today, this dispute is simple: whether two transactions from 5 years ago needed to be included on 2012’s campaign reports. The Attorney General believes they should, we do not. From the beginning, Mr. Eyman has made clear he did nothing wrong … It is chilling that the stated purpose of this action is to permanently bar him from participating in the political process in this State.”
His legal costs are zero because taxpayers are paying for his lawyers…while I have to privately fundraise to pay for mine.
Why should you help me?
If they are successful, who knows where they will stop! Who will dare to run initiatives to keep them accountable? They will have unchecked power to run this state into the ground!
If they destroy me, are you next?
Today, partisan government insiders are turning portions of the government into weapons of repression, attacking conservatives who speak out against them.
When the government targets someone like me with litigation, it doesn’t matter if you’re innocent or guilty, saint or sinner, the result is the same: the process is the punishment.
The legal costs are skyrocketing — they’re absolutely brutal. Without your help, the AG will bankrupt me and my family. If that happens, it’ll be the end of government limiting initiatives in Washington state.
To fully understand why the AG is seeking a lifetime ban on all my future political activity, read this definitive column which provides invaluable background information.
Listen to me explain the situation in an interview with Lars Larson:
Ferguson has now subpoenaed my wife Karen to force her to be interrogated at an hours-long deposition, despite the legal protection of spousal privilege and the fact that she had no role whatsoever in any of my political efforts.
We’ve been married for 25 years. My wife is a strong woman who has faced indescribably difficult challenges in her life, so I know she’ll make it through it. But she’s a private person who focuses her energies on being a full-time mom to three great but challenging kids and being a wife to a husband who’s a 24/7/365 political activist. She’s got her hands full focusing on family, not politics.
Ferguson’s attack on my wife is deeply offensive. What he’s doing to her shows what a small, petty, soulless little man he is.
Here’s a little more about my family.
We Never Give Up.
For two decades, we’ve built an incredibly effective team of heroic people who are committed to restraining the government’s insatiable tax appetite year after year. We’ve had a string of successes unparalleled in our state’s history. And we’ve shown that even our occasional setbacks never stop us from trying again. And again. And again (read a great story about that here).
That persistence & experience & success must be terrifying to a power-hungry politician who’s gunning to be governor. Hence, his push for a lifetime ban and his harassment of my wife.
As soon as this witch hunt started, it was obvious it was gonna be brutally expensive and financially ruinous to me and my family. We don’t have the financial resources to fight this on our own.
The people of Washington deserve to be able to sponsor initiatives! Don’t let them take that away from us!
If you’d rather mail-in a donation, please mail your checks – made payable to “Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund” – to:
Tim Eyman Legal Defense Fund
500 106th Ave NE #709
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Now that the AG has forced me to file bankruptcy, I really need your help. There are no limits on how much can be given. Please do your best. I really need your help.
Thank you very much for supporting me and my family during this very difficult time. Your help is desperately needed and sincerely appreciated.
P.S. Seattle Times, July 7, 2018: “What I know is that State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to drive me out of politics, permanently,” Eyman said. “So you know what my reaction to that is? It’s to become as politically active as I have ever been in my life.” Here’s what I was referring to.