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3/1/2005
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
If you want to help pay for Arnold's special election campaign this November - in addition to the $70 million in involuntary taxpayer costs you'll pick up for this unscheduled ballot - here's how you can do it. For $100K you can gab with the gov at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. For $89,200 you can meet with Arnold at the Century Plaza in LA. All you...
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2/28/2005
Jerry Flanagan
Air Arnold flew over last night's post-Oscar Vanity Fair party and the other post-Oscar Hollywood parties with the lighted message, "Governor: Please Stop the Fundraising - The People." Now Arnold can't say that no one has asked. Last Friday he told the Los Angeles Times: "I have never seen anyone come up to me and say, 'Governor,...
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2/19/2005
Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Arnold's chief fundraising guru Marty Wilson has a side-deal with a company doing business with the state. The conflict of interest should force the gov to send Wilson packing. The Canadian CGI-AMS, which was hired by Arnold in a controversial deal last summer, has signed up Wilson's firm (Wilson-Miller Communications) to "persuade [state]...
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2/16/2005
Jamie Court
The Gov is at it again - trying to steal a good guy group's brand - this time it's "Common Cause." Tomorrow he is expected to hold a press conference at 3 PM EST with the group announcing support for a "compromise" model plan on redistricting - a plan very different from the redistricting ballot initiative for which Arnold is...
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2/14/2005
Jamie Court
The special election in November is turning into an arms race -- Arnold's arms held out for big money that is. Hardly the vision the Gov promised voters, it will be a divisive, partisan, campaign-cash-rich election. What's the impetus behind the mad money dash? Why not wait a few months until 2006 and see if he can work it out with the legislature...
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1/31/2005
Jamie Court
Governor Schwarzenegger told the LA Times Saturday that he would raise about $50 million for his 2005 special election ballot initiative campaigns from national sources. Wall Street has the biggest interest in Schwarzenegger's plot to privatize public pension funds, so you can bet the investment bankers will kick in big to get corporate reformers...
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1/12/2005
Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Arnold and his corporate backers have contrived yet another way to get around California's campaign finance rules. We shouldn't be surprised. When the FPPC issued rules last spring (after ArnoldWatch complained that the Governor was violating voter approved Prop 34) to block Arnold from accepting above-the-limits contributions from donors, his...
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1/5/2005
Doug Heller & Carmen Balber
Here are a few New Year resolutions ArnoldWatch would like to hear from the Governor as he talks about reforming state government and cleaning up politics in tonight's State of the State speech. 1. I will stop raising money into multiple political accounts as a way to get around the maximum contribution law (while state law limits donations to the...
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12/6/2004
Doug Heller
On Wednesday, thousands of Registered Nurses converged on the state capitol building in Sacramento in an angry and defiant protest against the Governor's decision to cut the number of nurses that must be on duty in the state's emergency rooms and operating rooms. (Click here to see the 11/5 weblog.) Never mind that state law requires adequate...
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11/16/2004
David Fink & Doug Heller
In the weeks leading up to the November election Governor Schwarzenegger took cues from the savviest of woodland creatures: he stocked up for the winter. The Gov. took $500,000 from real estate mogul and developer Alex Spanos, $100K from The Home Depot, $750K from mortgage lender Ameriquest Capital, $250K from the parent company of Fox News...