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4/13/2005
Jamie Court
Only about 150 supporters from taxpayer associations and the self-annointed "Citizens to Save California" turned out for Arnold at what was billed as a major campaign revival rally on the capitol steps this morning to "Thank Arnold" and to hear Tom Arnold preach the Schwarzenegger gospel. Perhaps Air Arnold's high flying...
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4/5/2005
Doug Heller & Jerry Flanagan (at location)
Thousands of Californians have swarmed the streets approaching the Ritz Carlton of San Francisco in protest of the fundraiser Arnold has scheduled this evening. While Air Arnold flies a banner plane above Nob Hill reading "California Is Not For Sale - Arnoldwatch.org," protesters at the corner of Pine and Grant are blocking limos as they...
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4/4/2005
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
Today's announcement of Chevron-Texaco's purchase of Unocal has a back story that could be the biggest scandal of the Schwarzenegger Administration yet. Back in July '04, some of Arnold's top brass were treated by Chevron-Texaco to an overseas trip -- it included luxury accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia -- to sell the...
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3/23/2005
Jamie Court
Today the push begins to qualify a ballot initiative for a car buyers' bill of rights that allows a three day cooling off period after a car sale and sets limits on dealer markups. Arnold vetoed a similar measure last year; now he'll have to decide whether to go on television to sell the car dealers' opposition to the ballot measure. Will Arnold...
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3/17/2005
Jerry Flanagan
As thousands protested outside Arnold's fundraiser last night at the Century Plaza hotel, a small group of firefighters, nurses, teachers and consumer advocates took a seat at the governor's table inside the event. We found out what 22 cents could buy at a fundraiser with a minimum price of $22,300 for a chair: about 10 minutes at Arnold's table...
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3/16/2005
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
As thousands of protestors arrived at the Century Plaza to protest Arnold's big fundraiser Wednesday night, they will be welcomed by the first live performance of the new hip-hop song "The Governator" by Felonious Ax (AKA Clifford Tasner) and 50 Billion (AKA Will B.). Listen to "The Governator" at: http://arnoldwatch.org/assets...
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3/10/2005
Jerry Flanagan
In an interview with NBC's Campbell Brown, Arnold defended his East Coast fundraising blitzkrieg with the preprogrammed lines: "This guy that's sitting here is rich enough that I don't ever have to raise money for myself. All the money I'm raising is for the initiatives." That just doesn't compute, because the big money checks collected...
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3/7/2005
Jamie Court
Tonight, the 21 Club -- the Manhattan restaurant and prohibition-era speakeasy adorned with sculptures of jockeys -- will be host to Arnold's no-limits fundraising. Dinner with the Gov runs a minimum of 11 grand per plate. Why would New Yorkers care about a California governor and his ballot initiatives? Could it be Wall Street smells money? If...
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3/7/2005
Jamie Court
Arnold's invitation to tomorrow's Washington D.C. fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel promises that for $22,300 donors will get "one seat at the Business Roundtable with Governor Schwarzenegger following Luncheon (limited seating)." (Read the invite at: http://arnoldwatch.org/political_reform/DCfundr.pdf ). That's the 2 pm policy...
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3/2/2005
Jerry Flanagan
Arnold told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" that he does not regret taking steroids as a bodybuilder. But he wouldn't do it again. Maybe one of the reasons the gov is so unashamed of his drug habit is that he is still hanging out with the upper crowd. According to Roll Call, Arnold's D.C. booster lunch next Tuesday -- two...