ANOTHER FASCIST CENSORSHIP BILL FROM THE DEMOCRATS: This morning at a last minute hearing, I testified against House Bill 1272 which censors what can be written and printed in the state and local voters pamphlets about ballot measures and candidates. I will ALWAYS fight for EVERYONE’S 1st Amendment rights! Help me beat back this horrible bill by sending an email to all 147 legislators RIGHT NOW!
Fri, Jan 20, 2023
To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state
(cc’d to the media, house & senate members, and Governor, and other candidates for office)
From: Tim Eyman
Fighting for Taxpayers for 26 years
Text or call me anytime on my cell phone: 509-991-5295
Make sure to ONLY send emails to me at: Tim@TimDefense.com (all other email addresses for me are inaccessible) – maddening!!!!
Send an email to all 147 legislators and tell them to oppose their voters pamphlet censorship bill (House Bill 1272).
I found out about this morning’s hearing late last night – so I didn’t have the chance to invite all of you to join me in testifying against it. But your emails you send TODAY will help A LOT.
Here I was testifying by ZOOM this morning:
Here are my remarks I prepared before the hearing:
My name is Tim Eyman from Bellevue.
I strongly oppose this bill. You’ve forgotten that it is the voters’ pamphlet, not the politicians’ pamphlet.
It is for the voters.
Voters are 18 and older so we’re talking about adults who are reading and considering supporters’ and opponents’ arguments on ballot measures and candidate arguments.
House Bill 1272 is pure censorship.
It micromanages what can and can’t be said by regular citizens in state and local voters pamphlets. And disturbingly, it gives unlimited power to the Secretary of State and county auditors to be the truth arbiters and civility referees.
In 2007, the state supreme court struck down a censorship law just like this one.
The Court was clear: “The notion that the government, rather than the people, may be the final arbiter of truth in political debate is fundamentally at odds with the First Amendment.”
The American Civil Liberties Union said “the law wrongly tried to put the government in the position of trying to determine what was true or false in campaign statements, and that doesn’t work.”
Voters learn about initiatives in the voters pamphlet — each side gets an equal number of words — that’s fair. But this bill censors what each side can say about the initiative. That’s censorship.
When I ran for Governor, I called out Jay Inslee by name in my voters pamphlet statement but some county auditors sought to censor me.
Some said they would not allow any statement from me to appear in the voters pamphlet if I didn’t protect Jay Inslee.
Here’s a portion of what I wrote for the voters pamphlet:
“As Governor, my mission will be to fix Washington’s broken system.
“Imagine if Jay Inslee hadn’t betrayed voters by breaking his campaign promises to veto taxes, raising them 30 times instead. “
“Imagine if Inslee hadn’t recklessly shut down thousands of small businesses, forcing a million people out of work, while letting mega-corporations remain open.
“Inslee’s lockdown spared his allies but punished everyone else.
“Inslee’s actions always benefit the special interests that bankroll him.
“Inslee admitted he’s exploiting the economic crisis to raise your taxes – he wants carbon taxes, income taxes, and a creepy Pay-Per-Mile-Tax. I’ll block all tax increases.
“Inslee betrayed you. Trust me with your vote and I promise I will fight for you.”
Who was harmed by me speaking the truth about Jay Inslee in the voters pamphlet?
I believe that as a candidate, I had the First Amendment right to tell voters about Jay Inslee’s many failures.
And I trusted the voters to decide.
This bill doesn’t trust voters at all.
It censors what candidates and ballot measure participants can and can’t say and sets vague standards that are subject to multiple interpretations which leaves the government in the position to choose what can and can’t be printed and expressed in state and local voters pamphlets.
That is dangerous.
It clearly infringes on the rights of the regular people to express their opinions on issues and candidates.
On my website, TimDefense.com, I include the definition of fascism.
This bill is fascism. I urge all 147 legislators to oppose House Bill 1272.
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Let’s fight back against their censorship with an onslaught of email messages.
Send 2 separate emails: one to Senate and one to the House.
Copy and paste this into the Subject line:
House Bill 1272 gives the power to county auditors and the Secretary of State to engage in blatant censorship. We, the taxpayers, pay for the voters pamphlet and we demand the freedom to express ourselves freely without government censorship. I urge you to oppose HB 1272 — it forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism and violates EVERYONE’S First Amendment rights.
1st email, send it to SENATORS: Copy and paste this into the “To:” line:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Tim@TimDefense.com;
2nd email, send it to HOUSE MEMBERS: Copy & paste this into the “To” line:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; mary.
What should you write in the body of your email? Copy & paste this (or write something on your own):
I am deeply offended by the policies in House Bill 1272 — they involve blatant censorship. House Bill 1272 gives the power to county auditors and the Secretary of State to engage in selective enforcement and overt censorship. We, the taxpayers, pay for the voters’ pamphlet and we demand the freedom to hear from both sides without government censorship. I urge you to oppose HB 1272 — it forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism and violates EVERYONE’S First Amendment rights.
SEND YOUR EMAIL RIGHT AWAY (if you have problems, let me know, I’ll help).
Is it any wonder that Bully Bob Ferguson is trying so hard to impose a lifetime ban on all my future political activity?
I really need your help to survive Bully Bob Ferguson’s investigation / litigation / persecution of me and my family.
The only reason we’re still here is thanks to the heartfelt prayers and generous support from friends like you.
Please donate to my legal defense fund today (see below).
Last August, when the AG took my house and drained all my bank accounts (I was allowed to keep $1500), things for me and my family shifted from REALLY WANTING help to DESPERATELY NEEDING help.
I urge you to help me survive this political persecution by donating to my legal defense fund so that Richard Sanders can get the AG’s ridiculously unconstitutional ruling overturned so this never happens to anyone else.
With your help, I will keep fighting for the people across our nation with initiatives, lawsuits, lobbying, and helping elect more freedom-loving elected officials.
I love you all.
You can call or text me anytime: 509-991-5295
You can email me anytime here: Tim@TimDefense.com
(I can’t access any of my other email addresses — grrr!)
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