A Washington judge has ordered a for-profit signature-gathering firm and its principal to collectively pay more than $1 million for deceiving state residents by funneling their campaign donations to anti-tax activist Tim Eyman for Eyman’s personal use.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the campaign finance lawsuit was filed in 2017 after Citizen Solutions and its principal, William Agazarm, unlawfully concealed a $308,000 payment to Eyman, an initiative activist who is known for introducing a $30 car-tab fee initiative.
On Monday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found that Agazarm personally approved Citizen Solutions’ kickback payment to Eyman, knowing that Eyman planned to use the funds for his own personal expenses, and to support the signature gathering effort for a different Eyman-supported initiative.
In ordering the sanctions, the court found the violations were egregious and warranted a substantial penalty. (AP)