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July 24, 2006

Eyman money man ready to write another check

Posted by David Postman at 3:06 PM

Tim Eyman's patron has no doubt that Eyman is right about the number of I-917 signatures he turned in, and says Eyman's enemies may have made off with the missing petitions.

Michael Dunmire, who has contributed more than $232,000 to the campaign so far, says he will soon donate about $100,000 to the "compensation fund" that goes to pay Eyman and his partners, Jack and Mike Fagan. He said he sees weekly reports on the number of signatures collected and he is confident there were more than 300,000.

"They keep track. They live and die by them. They're not wrong."

So what happened to the signatures?

"I know they were there when they were handed in. And if you look at the last election you have ballots coming in weeks after the election. Get serious, if people don't believe Washington state has ballot counting problems."

And who's the culprit?

"There are a lot of entities that don't want I-917. They have their own techniques. They send out goon squads to intimidate petitioners. That never gets covered. We play it straight up."

Dunmire has been Eyman's No. 1 financier since last year's successful performance audit initiative, giving Eyman more than $1 million so far.

I asked Dunmire how much he had given this year, and he said he wasn't sure. In fact he said:

"Haven't a clue. When I get a compulsion and think that's a good place to make a contribution, I write a check. And I don't keep track."

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