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Eyman trying to stick to latest initiative, avoid questions over past actions

Initiative impresario Tim Eyman is trying to avoid questions about his past campaign activities as he tries to plug his latest ballot measure.

In an interview with The Seattle Times editorial board this week, he refused to answer any questions about the Public Disclosure Commission investigation into an alleged money shuffle among Eyman, a signature-gathering company and an out-of-state initiative support group. They could ask, he said, but he'd only talk about Initiative 1366, this year's attempt to force the Legislature into approving tax increases with a two-thirds super-majority.

He also reportedly cancelled a scheduled televised debate with the representative of a progressive group that opposes I-1366 on Seattle's KING-TV.

This reticence has not slowed Eyman's e-mails to supporters that talk about I-1366 and double as an effort to raise more money from what he labels as his "thousands of supporters throughout the state."  One arrived in the Inbox this morning, but of course, no mention of the PDC investigation.

It remains to be seen whether his problems will create problems for this year's campaign or for his co-sponsors, Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his father, Jack Fagan.

For more about Eyman's problems with the PDC, click here. 

For Shawn Vestal's recent column on the controversy, click here.


Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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