Tim Eiman, who earlier this year was found guilty of a multi-year “particularly egregious” violation of Washington’s campaign finance law and was fined $ 2.6 million, did not make his last two monthly payments under that fine and now, according to court documents.
Eiman, Washington’s top conservative activist for the past two decades, is under a court-ordered plan that requires him to pay $ 10,000 in monthly payments to pay fines and other debts to the state.
He paid neither for September nor for October, writes Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office in filings with the Western District of Washington bankruptcy court.
Eiman filed for bankruptcy three years ago, claiming at the time that Ferguson’s lawsuit against him, accusing him of campaign finance violations, undermined his finances.
Ferguson demanded that a chapter 11 trustee be appointed who would have the right to make payments from Ayman’s estate and sell Ayman’s house and distribute the proceeds to his debtors, in particular the state.
“Eiman’s reluctance to be transparent in his financial transactions and his decision to simply stop making payments without explanation requires the appointment of a trustee,” Ferguson wrote in court documents.
Eiman said in an email that he “spent his last money” by paying his lawyer to appeal the verdict against him.
“It drained me,” he wrote in a fundraiser in July, calling the case “gross injustice and abuse of power.”
At some point in September, after Ferguson’s office sent several emails and messages to Ayman’s lawyer asking for payment for that month, Ayman’s lawyer responded with a photograph, the court records said.
It was a photograph of a check and a stamped envelope addressed to the government.
“But without the stamp,” Ferguson wrote in court documents. “The check was never received.”
In total, Eiman owes the state nearly $ 5.4 million, which includes the $ 2.9 million he was ordered to pay to cover state fees and the costs of a nearly four-year lawsuit.
Under the terms of his bankruptcy payout plan, if he defaults, Eiman’s entire debt is due immediately, and interest will begin to accrue at a rate of 12% per annum.
At the same time, Ayman’s wife, Karen, is trying to finalize their divorce, which they first filed for in 2019. Ferguson’s office asked her to file a new divorce petition to ensure that their home in Mukilteo remains in their possession. ownership so that it can be used to pay off debt.
“Our goal is to preserve the assets to pay for the judgment due to Tim Eiman,” said Brionne Aho, a Ferguson spokesman.
Eiman has pioneered tax cuts and conservative policies in Washington for decades. Although he was not always successful in voting and in court, he had a profound influence on state policy and the budgets of cities and counties in Washington.
But along the way, he blatantly violated state laws that require political campaigns to be open about their funding sources.
In addition to the heavy fines, his conviction prohibits him from “managing, controlling, negotiating, or directing financial transactions” on any political committee.
Ferguson’s lawsuit against him included accusations that arose several decades ago.
Earlier this year, Thurston County Supreme Court Justice James Dixon ruled that, in the history of Washington’s campaign finance law, “It would have been difficult for the Court to envision a more egregious or broader misdemeanor case.”
Dixon ruled that Ayman “personally benefited economically” from his actions.
Eiman was accused of laundering political donations for his own enrichment; receiving kickbacks from a signature collection firm; secret switching of money between initiative campaigns; and hiding the source of other political contributions.