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12/14/2005
Carmen Balber
Recently Governor Schwarzenegger was forced to ask for the resignation of Brent Wilkes, a campaign contributor he appointed to two state boards, after media reports of Wilkes' involvement in the bribery scandal surrounding Congressman "Duke" Cunningham. Nonetheless, Arnold has refused to return Wilkes' $73,600 in donations. Why? That...
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8/22/2005
Doug Heller
About a hundred Californians showed up to protest Arnold at his Restaurant Association fundraiser in Downtown Los Angeles today. This event may mark the bottom of the barrel for the once reform-minded Gov. First, as the SacBee reports, Arnold has broken his pledge not to accept money from single industry trade associations -- the California...
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7/15/2005
Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Arnold did the right thing this afternoon by severing his multi-million dollar contract with the muscle mags. But the fact that Arnold's team defiantly defended the deal yesterday indicates he's more concerned about a source of bad press than the conflict of interest that caused public outrage. He skirted that bad press for more than a year and...
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7/12/2005
Doug Heller & Jamie Court
Arnold has often likened himself to the great populist Governor Hiram Johnson and is now doing so in prominent Internet advertising. Well here are a few well chosen words from Hiram for Arnold: "In some form or other, nearly every governmental problem that involves the health, the happiness, or the prosperity of the State has arisen, because...
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6/24/2005
Doug Heller
Arnold and his contributors will sit down for some cigar-chompin', back-slappin', ol' fashioned political schemin' tonight at the Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills. For between $5k and $25k, one hundred donors get to join the Gov at L.A.'s den of snootiness. Here's what the Havana Room says about itself: "Members, including some of the...
Blog Post
6/13/2005
Doug Heller
Taxpayers will pick up the $80 million tab for the extra election that Arnold will announce tonight. But the real sponsors of Arnold's election are the corporate heavy hitters who have plunked down millions to produce Arnold's come-back show. Here's some of how they'll appear in the next six months: From now on all campaign rallies will begin with...
Blog Post
5/23/2005
David Fink & Doug Heller
Air Arnold flew again today, this time above the Chicago skyline following the Gov on his cross country cash grab. The Arnold Watching plane pulled a banner reading "Arnold: Don't Sell California to Big Business." The California Gov spent the weekend fundraising in Florida before schmoozing insurance and real estate magnates at today's...
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5/20/2005
Doug Heller
Monday -- a work day for most Californians -- is a day out of the office for Arnold. Way out. Click here to view the invitation to a "Salute to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger" in Chicago. While in Chicago, Arnold is hardly conducting the People's Business: the "Salute" is a high-priced fundraiser headed by two fellas with...
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5/18/2005
Jamie Court & David Fink
According to a fundraising invitation, the hosts of Arnold's Monday night fundraiser in Dallas are Jeff Rich, the CEO of state approved contractor ACS Inc; Bob Schlegel, Chairman and CEO of the Pavestone Company, which has a state construction contract worth $113,000; and Texas Oilman T. Boone Pickens. Pickens said recently that the US will see a...
Blog Post
4/20/2005
Jamie Court
As Arnold tours the California Environmental Protection Agency this morning to tout his "Green Building" initiative, the Gov should be challenged over which type of green he really cares about. Developers and real estate interests have given Schwarzenegger over $6 million in campaign contributions and his Administration is working to...