The following press release was forwarded from Permanent Offense
regarding the union's role in squashing I-776.
The press release:
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2002
From: Joint statement by Jack Fagan, Monte Benham, Mike Fagan, and
Eyman, co-sponsors of Initiative 776, "$30 Tabs for Everyone"
To: All media outlets (reporters, columnists, and editorial
radio, TV, newspapers), as well as our thousands of supporters statewide
Media contact: Jack Fagan, ph: 509-467-5467, cell:
RE: "To us, these parasites in the public employee unions are
unapologetic, anti-First Amendment criminals. This is clearly
conspiracy to commit fraud."
The following letter was fax'd to Secretary of State Sam Reed, the
Public Disclosure Commission, and the Attorney General's office this
morning with supporting documents sent by Certified Mail.
"$30 Tabs for Everyone"
April 3, 2002
The Honorable Sam Reed, Secretary of State
RE: “Your assistance is needed to help slow down & stop the
of signatures for I-776” – secret email by Diane McDaniels of the
Washington State Labor Council
Dear Secretary Reed:
A whistleblower in the Washington State Labor Council forwarded a secret
email sent by WSLC Political Director Diane McDaniels (Seattle office:
206-281-8901) to their union members. It should sound familiar.
may recall, Chris Dugovich, President of the Washington Association of
City and County Employees and opponent of property tax initiative I-747,
sent out a secret memo last year telling his members to try to stop
voters from signing our petitions. Ms. McDaniels secret email uses
almost identical language but goes even further. Here are some
(she indicates she was sending it out to numerous e-mail groupings but
this one was sent to: “Labor Roundtable E-Mail Group”
interestingly, one of the addresses she emailed to
was an elected official, the Snohomish County Treasurer –
· “Your assistance is needed to help slow down & stop the
signatures for I-776”
· “We hope that labor and progressives all over the state will help
· “Permanent Offense has created what they call their ‘Patriot
which includes petitions, clipboards, signs, chest stickers, etc.
are asking each of you to either call Jack Fagan at (509)-467-5467 or
send an e-mail to email@example.com
and request that a Patriot Packet be
mailed to you. We suggest that you don’t use your union’s
address (too many requests to send to union halls will tip our hand).
And, we are asking you to forward this request to family members,
co-workers, etc. and ask them to do the same. WHY, you ask, are we
· It will cost them valuable campaign resources to mail hundreds (and
possibly thousands) of packets out to those who request them.
· It will help use up their supply of petitions.
· At this point, they don’t have the financial resources to hire a
signature gathering firm. They must rely heavily on the petitions
can get out into the field that volunteers will carry.”
· “We can inflict some damage on their bank account and petition
if we all do our part.”
· “Please help us slow down and kill I-776.”
· “I am sending to numerous e-mail groupings to case a wide net.”
We have consulted with our attorneys. To us, this is clearly fraud
conspiracy to commit fraud. And regarding the statement:
inflict some damage on their bank account” – isn’t that just plain
stealing? To us, these parasites in the public employee unions are
unapologetic, anti-First Amendment criminals. We are hopeful that
our state’s chief elections officer that you have a zero-tolerance
policy toward their fraudulent actions. We ask that you contact
Washington State Labor Council and find out who all was involved.
all did they send emails to? And if the Washington State Labor
is coordinating and organizing an opposition campaign to I-776, aren’t
they required by law to set up a committee and report donations,
expenditures, and in-kind contributions so there is appropriate
accountability? We are forwarding this complaint to the Public
Disclosure Commission for their review as well. And we are
our thousands of supporters across the state of this conspiracy to slow
down and kill I-776.
Big Labor thinks they’ll just get a slap on the wrist – please prove
them wrong. Please contact us with any questions.
Best Regards, Jack Fagan, Monte Benham, Mike Fagan, & Tim Eyman,
co-sponsors (contact Jack at 509-467-5467)
P.S. The whistleblower’s email read, in part: “Some
Organizations are encouraging people to request your patriot packages
only to throw them away. They are hoping to drain your finances
way. Look to labor organizations mainly. As a member of a
I would appreciate your strictest confidence in this matter, and please
understand you have support from many members."
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 12:12:01 EST
Subject: Fwd: Patriot Packets for I-776
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
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This is something we need to help with because it greatly affects
construction projects which in turn brings family wage jobs to our area.
help will be greatly appreciated.
Teamsters Local #38
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To: "Labor Roudtable E-Mail Group" <email@example.com>
Subject: Patriot Packets for I-776
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Your assistance is needed to help slow down & stop the collection of
res for I-776, the Tim (Lieman) Eyman creation that would further weaken
state's transportation funding. We hope that labor and
er the state will help us with the following.
Permanent Offense has created what they call their "Patriot
ncludes petitions, clipboards, signs, chest stickers, etc. We are
ch of you to either call Jack Fagan at (509)-467-5467 or send an e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org and request that a
Patriot Packet be mailed to you. We
t that you don't use your union's mailing address (too many requests to
to union halls will tip our hand). And, we are asking you to
request to family members, co-workers, etc. and ask them to do the same.
Y, you ask, are we doing this? =20
1) It will cost them valuable campaign resources to mail hundreds
ibly thousands) of packets out to those who request them.
2) It will help use up their supply of petitions
3) At this point, they don't have the financial resources to hire
gnature gathering firm. They must rely heavily on the petitions
t out into the field that volunteers will carry.
With Tim Eyman no longer playing a visible role (or possibly no role at
, Permanent Offense does not have a fundraiser and speaker that can
vely" spin their campaign's rhetoric. We can inflict some
damage on their
ank account and their petition supply if we all do our part.
Please help us slow down and kill I-776. Thank you!
I am sending to numerous e-mail groupings to cast a wide net. My
if you are receiving multiple e-mails.