- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman must turn over business, banking and tax records as part of an investigation of campaign-finance practices, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ellen Fair ordered the documents to be disclosed by July 13.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson had filed petitions in Snohomish and Thurston County Superior Courts asking them to enforce subpoenas seeking documents pertaining to Eyman, his political committees, his for-profit company and the for-profit signature gathering company Citizen Solutions. The representatives for Citizen Solutions will appear Friday in Thurston County Superior Court on a similar petition.

Fair also ordered Eyman to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs associated with enforcing the subpoenas.

“No one is above the law,” Ferguson said in a written statement. “My office will conduct a full investigation of this matter, and I will not allow Tim Eyman to impede it.”

Eyman’s attorney, Mark Lamb, says Eyman has offered the information to Ferguson for six months so long as personal information would remain private. Lamb said the judge’s order “will allow that to occur.”

Eyman has proposed numerous tax-limiting initiatives over the years. Last fall, the state Public Disclosure Commission said it discovered several potential violations of campaign-finance law and forwarded the information to Ferguson.

The findings included allegations Eyman used $170,000 in contributions to a political committee for living expenses; that his political committees failed to accurately report contributions and expenditures; and that about half of $623,000 in payments from one of Eyman’s political committees to Citizen Solutions was actually passed along to Eyman’s for-profit company.

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This story has been corrected to show that the ruling was Wednesday, not Tuesday.

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