AG Bob Ferguson files lawsuit against Tim Eyman for alleged misuse of campaign funds

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit against conservative activist Tim Eyman Friday, accusing him of inappropriately using $308,000 of campaign funds for personal use, according to a press release from Ferguson’s office.

Eyman is facing the lawsuit as an individual, but also as principal of Watchdog for Taxpayers. William Agarzam with Citizen Solution, is also accused in the lawsuit of “participating in a scheme to conceal campaign money the company funneled to Eyman.” Eyman could face $1.8 million in penalties, as well as $308,000 in reimbursement, while Citizen Solution could face $924,555 in penalties.

According to the press release, “This scheme duped contributors who thought they were donating to one initiative, but instead were supporting Eyman’s personal expenses and a completely different initiative.”

Here are the specific allegations, as written in the press release:

  • Eyman concealed the $308,185 payment from Citizen Solutions. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $924,555.
  • Eyman concealed the true source of $182,000 in in-kind contributions to Protect Your Right. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $546,000.
  • Eyman spent campaign funds for personal use through at least five payments to Citizens in Charge, with a penalty up to $10,000 per payment. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $150,000.
  • Eyman caused VWMC to file three inaccurate or misleading reports related to its payments to Citizen Solutions, with a penalty up to $10,000 per report. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $90,000.
  • Eyman caused Protect Your Right to file five inaccurate and misleading reports related to contributions it attributed to Citizens in Charge, with a penalty up to $10,000 per report. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $150,000.
  • Citizen Solutions and one of its principal, William Agazarm, concealed the $308,185 payment to Eyman. If the judge finds this to be intentional, that penalty could total $924,555.

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