Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman could face civil or even criminal sanctions for alleged campaign finance violations.
The state’s Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously Thursday morning to send the case to the state Attorney General.
This case against Eyman alleges he received secret kickbacks from a signature-gathering firm called Citizen Solutions and then used some of that money for personal expenses. The commission found evidence Eyman intentionally ignored campaign finance law and said his explanations “strain credibility.”
Activist Sherry Bockwinkel brought the original complaint in 2012.
“When you deceive people when you’re collecting money and use it for your own personal gain, for your own compensation without telling people, I think his donors should know that,” Bockwinkel said.
Eyman’s attorney called Bockwinkel a “disgruntled former vendor” and said he believes Eyman will ultimately “prevail.”
Even as the PDC heard the Eyman case he was sending out emails asking for contributions for his latest anti-tax measure on the November ballot.