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Why does the teachers’ union want names of people who signed and got signatures for Tim Eyman’s latest initiative?

Post by News Tribune Staff on July 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2009 2:07 pm

I gotta think Tim Eyman has good reason to bring this to light.

I sent Charles Hasse an e-mail, asking him why the parent organization for the Washington Education Association wants copies of the Initiative 1033 petitions.

Eyman is suggesting the NEA wants to publish all the names on line. Hence, the reference to Whosigned.org.

(Dave Ammons at Secretary of State office confirmed the exchange of e-mails between Hasse and SOS folks is authentic.)

UPDATE: (2:20 p.m.) Hasse called me right away. He said “it was a fairly routine request.” The National Education Association, where he now works, routinely takes a closer look at ballot measures from around the country, looking for fraud or other improprieties in the collection of signatures on initiative, referendum and recall petitions.

Hasse was president of the Washington Education Assocation from 2001-07. He’s been “ballot measure strategist” for the NEA for almost two years.

“I’m certainly not alleging anything,” he said. “I hope he has nothing to hide.” But “there may be some reforms” that could be made in Washington state in the initiative process, he said. The NEA takes an interest in any ballot measure that could affect its members, as I-1033 would by constraining overall tax collections. The NEA is particularly interested in any measure that has paid signature gatherers, he said.

“The industry is rife with fraud and forgery,” he said. “We have the same interest as others do, that measures that are on the ballot belong there.”

Here’s what Eyman sent out earlier today, followed by an e-mail from one of his supporters to Hasse:

July 30, 2009

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, co-sponsors of the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033

RE: Is the National Education Association’s Charles Hasse joining Whosigned.org by publishing names and addresses of I-1033 signers?

For many years, Charles Hasse headed up the Washington Education Association (WEA) until he was promoted to the National Education Association in Washington DC. On Thursday, July 16, the day after Washington state’s I-1033 was certified for the ballot, Mr. Hasse called Brenda Galarza, the Public Records person for the Secretary of State’s office, asking for a blank copy of a I-1033 petition. Once he received it, he followed up and made a formal records request for both the front (people who signed the petition) and the back (people who collected the signatures) of every single I-1033 petition that was turned in. Here’s his email:

From: CHasse2@nea.org [mailto:CHasse2@nea.org]

Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1:01 PM

To: Galarza, Brenda

Subject: RE: I-1033 Petition Page

Thanks, Brenda.

What I’d like to obtain is a copy of both the front and corresponding back side (with the signature gatherer’s signed declaration) of EACH petition that was submitted.

-Charles, CHARLES HASSE, NEA Campaigns and Elections, 202-822-7390 Office, 206-605-4526 Cell

He then followed up with this email:

From: CHasse2@nea.org [mailto:CHasse2@nea.org]

Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:25 PM

To: Galarza, Brenda

Subject: RE: I-1033 Public Disclosure Request 7-16-09

Brenda, Thanks so much for your quick help with this. I would like to order the 6 CDs. Here is my credit card information: Visa number:

Billing address: 1703 – 13th St NW Apt 2, Washington DC 20009

Shipping address: Charles Hasse, National Education Association, 1201 – 16th St NW, Suite 510, Washington DC 20036

Let me know if you need any thing else.

-Charles, CHARLES HASSE, NEA Campaigns and Elections, 202-822-7390 Office, 206-605-4526 Cell

On Friday, July 17th, the Secretary of State’s office mailed him 6 CD’s with the scanned I-1033 petitions on them.

He paid $96 (the Washington Education Association is the top donor to the No campaign contributing $25,000 so far).

Is the National Education Association’s Charles Hasse joining Whosigned.org by publishing names and addresses of Washington state’s citizens who signed I-1033 petitions?

What other reason would there be for these Washington DC ‘big guns’ to get the names and addresses of Washington state citizens who signed I-1033 petitions?

Looks like the opponents of I-1033, with the help of their Washington DC ‘big guns’, will stop at nothing to harass and retaliate against the 315,444 citizens who voluntarily chose to sign a I-1033 petition.

Opponents of I-1033, with the help of their Washington DC ‘big guns’, will stop at nothing to prevent the renewal of I-601’s fiscal discipline.

Opponents of I-1033 are even willing to go so far as to bring in Washington DC’s ‘big guns’ to fight against I-1033’s reasonable limit on government growth.

We’re hopeful that the opponents’ dirty tactics, such as publishing the names and addresses of the 315,444 citizens who signed I-1033 petitions, will backfire and the voters will support I-1033’s renewal of I-601’s successful fiscal policies and bring back its much needed fiscal discipline.

Best Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for Twelve Years, co-sponsors of the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or print out the form below, fill it out, and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)

P.S. There are thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups working each and every day to raise your taxes. Shouldn’t there be at least one person, one team, one organization that fights to lower your taxes? Please help us so we can continue our successful efforts on behalf of taxpayers.

And here’s an e-mail from one Eyman’s supporters to Hasse:

Mr. Charles Hasse

My name is (Mrs.) Nancy J. Nelson of Sedro-Woolley, WA. I’m a 73 year old widow living on my Social Security and my husband’s TRS check. It is my understanding that you have just paid a fee to the State of WA to receive the CDs on which are all the names and addresses of the citizens who signed I-1033. Is this true?

Now, I have to ask – WHY the NEA in Washington, D.C. would NEED all the names and addresses of those who signed this Initiative in WA State? Most especially after the States’ own randomly chosen sample certified this Initiative at a higher ‘clean’rate than ever before.

Just WHAT, exactly Mr. Hasse, are you planning to do with all the names and addresses of the voters on those CDs? I’d like to know because you will find me on one of those CDs. And I bet the others who signed that Initiative would like to know, also. I, for one, am NOT pleased that you’ve paid to get our names and addresses.

As the NEA is, in effect, a UNION – I can only imagine that you have now tied yourselves to APOLLO, ACORN and the SEIU — to assist the present administration in taking away the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens in the Constitution of the United States. Are we to be put on Black Lists?

Are you going to share our names and addresses with the other organizations mentioned above – and other government entities?

I’d like to hear your answer, Mr. Hasse – but I caution you – those of us who sign Initiatives, attend TEA Parties and join the 9-12 Coalition – are becoming VERY educated and VERY ‘savvy’. I hope your explanation is very good and makes sense. What you have done in ordering those CDs smacks mightily of being a despicable tactic to harass the citizens of the State of WA as they work hard to force their elected representatives to be accountable to the people who elected them.

Sincerely, (Mrs.) Nancy J. Nelson, Sedro-Woolley, WA

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