In many cities and counties across Washington State, primary elections are in process as voters complete and mail in their ballots. In the City of Port Angeles there are two contested primary races for city council. However, in one of the council races, every politician running for office is breaking Washington State’s fair campaign practices act (RCW 42.17A). Some are not even trying to comply with the law. When every politician breaks the law, how can a voter decide which one is best to represent them?
Washington State’s all-mail in ballots were sent to every registered voter (in a jurisdiction with a contested race on the primary ballot) last week. The ballots are already trickling back into the 39 different county auditor’s ballot boxes around the state with the first scheduled announcement of election results 8pm on election night, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Washington State law allows ballots which are postmarked before 6pm that day to count towards the final election results (as opposed to having the ballots in-hand by that date and time), so the final election results are not known in many close races often for several weeks as the later ballots trickle in from throughout the state, and sometimes local auditor offices (typically King County, but they are not alone) suddenly find “missing” ballots in car trunks and back rooms.
In the Northwest corner of Washington State, in Clallam County– the City of Port Angeles has two primary races for city council seats. A total of four seats are up for election in 2019 (out of a council of seven including the mayor). Of these, two races have more than two people who have filed to run, which is why Council position no.7 and position no. 5 are on the Primary election ballot.
These candidates need to file with their local county auditor in order to legally run for office, but they are also required by Washington State Law (RCW 42.17A) to register with the Public Disclosure Commission in order to ensure that their campaign contributions, expenditures, and other information about the candidates are open, transparent, and available to review for all voters, media, and interested citizens. Unfortunately for the voters in the City of Port Angeles, most of the politicians are running “stealth” campaigns, ignoring the law, and generally blundering through the process under the belief there are no consequences for violating the law...
…Depending on how one views Eyman’s successful initiatives over the years, they have reduced the amount average citizens would have paid on their taxes by close to $40 billion over 20 years (see link here). Since Eyman is so clearly a guy identified with depriving the state of this cash which they could have squandered by now, then the wrath and resources of the state is focused entirely against this one guy…
…this current case is unique in almost every measure. In THIS case, unlike every other campaign finance case filed by the AG in Washington State’s history, the state is uniquely concentrating the full force of the government to destroy one manover violations that are commonly made by many of AG Ferguson’s campaign donors and allies. There is no proportionality in this lawsuit against Eyman compared to the violations that he may or may not have committed.
Here are just a few unique elements to the Eyman case:
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has stated from the beginning that he would never settle this lawsuit with Tim Eyman. For context, the State settled with the Green River killer, but they will “never settle” with Tim Eyman.
Ferguson has spent more on pleadings, staff costs, and investigative costs on this case than any other campaign finance case in state history. (See article for reference here)
The level of harassment against Eyman is unique in the AG’s history. For example, tossing out Eyman’s attorney using the fact the AG is the only creditor in Eyman’s bankruptcy court hearing to force his attorneys to resign and the unique legal attacks targeting Eyman’s wife.
The AG (and PDC before them) did not even bother to meet or contact his treasurer (the guy legally responsible for the reporting) for the first few years of this investigation (normally this is the first person they would interview in this type of case), and this failure to meet with the treasurer was particularly tragic because the treasurer, Stan Long, died in a car accident two years after this case started. There was plenty of time for the state to have interviewed the guy. They did not because they don’t care about the truth. Their focus is only on stopping Eyman.
The AG has planned 35 3rd party depositions on supporters of Eyman. This has NEVER happened in any other campaign finance case.
When Eyman’s attorneys have tried to reach out to the AG to ask for a settlement demand (See here), the AG refused to respond and just went to the media. See article here.
Unique in the history of campaign finance lawsuits, the AG wants to deny Tim his rights to participate in the political process with a lifetime ban for participating with initiatives – the only thing he has done for the past 20 years. (for more on this you can read an editorial published by a small paper in Washington State – the Leavenworth Echo (linked here). The AG tried to convince the paper to change their article, which, to the credit of this paper, they refused (linked here)…
The City of Olympia in Washington State once was known for an assertive, aggressive, and well-funded environmental movement. Locals who claimed to care about the environment would fill a Thurston County Commissioner meeting demanding abusive regulations on the rural residents of the county for daring to build a porch on their home, or to build a barn on their property. These attacks were conducted under the theory rural residents would pollute the water and instigate a nebulous global warming apocalypse in the distant future. However, a strange sound of silence has descended on the once vibrant and noisy movement now that toxic waste garbage piles filled with used syringes, human waste, chemicals, and mountains of trash are filling Olympia’s city parks, trails and greenspaces. These faux environmentalists are nowhere to be found.
He is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, Big Government, and the importance of citizen activism. In 2014, Bill Whittle called Glen, “The ascended high master of political messaging.” Glen doesn’t consider himself a high master of anything, but he enjoys exploring policy issues in local government and exposing government corruption and incompetence which impacts all of us.
In 2015, Glen was honored with the annual Rodney & Laurel McFarland Award presented by the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) “for exemplary performance in preserving and protecting property rights for the year 2014.”
Glen’s articles have been reproduced in publications ranging from the Heritage Insider to local blog sites. He has also appeared on King5 News, KOMO News, Fox News (Q13), KUOW (NPR), The David Boze show, Todd Herman (Seattle -AM 770)and a variety of other television and radio programs. He frequently testifies on property rights issues at local government hearings and at the Washington State Legislature. Glen is also known for writing opposition statements in the official voter’s guide for voter-approved tax increases. Recently, Glen has also been involved in attempting to address campaign finance reforms to make the process easier and simpler for beginners to be involved in the process.
Glen is also an investigative citizen journalist who frequently meets with anonymous whistleblowers from various state agencies, local governments, and political parties who want to expose wrongdoing where they work.
As a fifth generation Washingtonian, Glen’s roots run deep in Washington State. His great-great grandmother helped start the Pike Place Market, where multiple generations sold flowers in Seattle for many years. His great-Uncle Ed Dalby installed the first power-generating waterwheel in Union, WA in the early 1920s. Glen’s father helped found the City of Newcastle, and his father served as a City Councilman in that city for years. After graduating from college with a BA in political science from Columbia College in New York City, Glen returned home and worked for small start-up companies and local manufacturing businesses. He currently lives on a small tree farm in Thurston County with his wife and their four children.