Election watchdog considers new allegations against Eyman

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Tim Eyman (File photo)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The state’s election watchdog will consider asking the attorney general’s office to take “appropriate action” against initiative promoter Tim Eyman over allegations Eyman failed to disclose independent expenditures related to campaign videos.

A Public Disclosure Commission staff investigation found the videos targeted lawmakers who opposed a proposal to require a two-thirds supermajority for tax increases. The videos urged people to “Vote Them Out!”

The videos were paid for by an Eyman campaign promoting an initiative to bring back $30 car tab fees in Washington. The PDC probe alleged the videos were an independent campaign expenditure, and that Eyman’s cmpaign failed to properly report them and failed to have a special disclaimer tag for the ads.

An attorney for Eyman says Eyman believed his PDC filings were correct and the campaign didn’t try to hide its sponsorship of the ads.

Ata special meeting Friday the PDC Commission will consider the staff recommendations that it find multiple apparent violations of state election law.