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Judge orders Tim Eyman to pay $2.9M to reimburse taxpayers for campaign finance case

KOMO-TV Seattle logo KOMO-TV Seattle 4/17/2021 KOMO News Staff
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Thurston County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Tim Eyman to pay nearly $2.9 million in legal fees and costs related to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit.

The sum is in addition to a $2.6 million fine issued by Judge James Dixon in February after he ruled that Eyman has been an egregious violator of state campaign finance laws. The judge also barred him for life from participating in financial aspects of political campaigns. He is now being ordered to pay back the fees incurred during the case.

Eyman has been ordered to pay $10,000 every month at the beginning of the month. He has already paid close to half a million dollars to the state in sanctions and fees related to his “willful delay” of the state’s case.

“Tim Eyman broke the law — repeatedly — and in order to delay his day of reckoning, he willfully dragged out this case with frivolous and cost-inflating litigation tactics,” Ferguson said. “This decision ensures that Tim Eyman bears the cost of his years-long obstruction of our case — not the taxpayers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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