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1/15/2004
Jamie Court
Given the $15.9 million Arnold has raised from well-heeled donors who want a say over state policy, it's not surprising that the Gov would appoint a banker -- Bank of America executive Randal Hernandez -- as his appointments secretary. That's the post which doles out plum state jobs on agencies, boards and commissions to people favored by special...
Blog Post
12/17/2003
Jerry Flanagan & Jamie Court
"People here tonight are paying more for dinner with Arnold Schwarzenegger than I make in an entire year as a disabled worker on workers compensation," Jodi Greggs of Sacramento said outside of the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento tonight. She and other Arnoldwatchers were denied entry to Arnold's capitol fundraiser where a private dinner...
Blog Post
12/12/2003
Jamie Court
Arnold's fundraiser in Orange County Wednesday night at Shady Canyon Country Club was hosted by the Irvine Company's Donald Bren. Bren's company developed Shady Canyon, where golf club membership costs $220,000. And Bren and his wife have contributed $62,400 to the Gov. But Bren's not just a big Terminator fan. The Irvine Company may have a bigger...
Blog Post
12/8/2003
Doug Heller
For the second time, ArnoldWatch told the Capitol press that we would attempt to buy our way into an Arnold fundraiser in Sacramento with a different kind of green -- 21,200 green jelly beans. And for the second time the Sacramento soiree was canceled. A tipster tell us that tonight's fundraiser will be rescheduled for December 17th -- when...
Blog Post
12/5/2003
Doug Heller & Jamie Court
At the December 12th Lakers-Mavericks game, Arnold will be charging $10,000 to join him in a sky-box seat to retire his campaign debt. (Talk about ticket scalping!) ArnoldWatch thought we'd use the arena's jumbo-tron to remind the governor and his donors of Webster's definition of special interest... But, alas, the Lakers informed us that the...
Blog Post
12/3/2003
Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Arnold pledged during his campaign not to build a budget while he was building a campaign war chest. At least some boosters of last night's fundraiser for Arnold in La Jolla, however, used the leverage of Schwarzenegger's pending budget cuts to turn out donors. The San Diego wing of the construction lobby -- Associated General Contractors of...
Blog Post
12/1/2003
Jamie Court
A governor who claims to want greater sunshine in government should at least let the public know the truth about his fundraisers. Arnold's public schedule for Tuesday, December 2nd fails to mention his fundraiser at 5:30 PM in La Jolla at La Valencia Hotel (1132 Prospect St)-- where those with special interests and $21,200 will be treated to a...