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Blog Post
11/8/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
According to an LA Times analysis, Arnold's staff has accepted hundreds of gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from special interests. These gifts ranged from 152 lunches to $7,818 in Kings tickets to a trip to the circus for Arnold's PR chief's family. [Note #1 to PR team: taking special interest perks is not good PR for the gov who said he'...
Blog Post
10/29/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold claims that he is going to "scare the special interests" during his statewide tour on Halloween. Scare them. With what? The $37 million in special interest money he has received since taking office? "Thank you for all your cash, and, umm... Boo!" Speaking of spooky, Wal-Mart heir John Walton gave Arnold $200,000 a few...
Feature
9/2/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
An Analysis of Nonvoting in the California Legislature An award-winning study from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development that analyzes the impact of lawmakers' non-voting on the success of legislation in California. Download the study here. 
News Release
9/2/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Analysis: Non-Voting a Factor in 2/3 of Failed Bills Santa Monica, CA -- A new award-winning study conducted by graduate students at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development, found that "nonvoting" (when a politician intentionally leaves the room or simply stays silent when called upon to...
Blog Post
8/31/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold, with a premier speaking spot at the GOP convention, will list a string of life achievements in his American Dream speech tonight. However, he will likely ignore one of his most recent accomplishments --becoming California's pre-eminent special interest fundraiser. According to public filings, the Gov has raised $29.97 million since he...
Blog Post
3/12/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
During his State of the State speech, Governor Schwarzenegger reminded the legislature that if he could sell the movie Red Sonja he could sell anything. Lately, Arnold has used his star power and California's prestige in order to sell products, rather than California, one too many times. ArnoldWatch has learned that the governor plans to appear...
Feature
2/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Horowitz, the former television reporter who took over $136,000 from California utility companies to defend electricity deregulation in 1998 as the "way to cut our electric bills," is back on television. This time, he's backing a $20 billion consumer and taxpayer bailout of the utilities' deregulation disaster that has forced...