Spend the Night With Arnold
So far Schwarzenegger has raised close to $30 million this year, while he was supposed to be running the government of the state. In his most recent cross-country foray,
"When you're governor of
Like Rick Cronk, who paid $1 million for Dreyer's Ice Cream in 1977 and merged it with Nestle three years ago in a deal reportedly worth $2.4 billion. He and his wife, Janet, are hosts for a fundraiser for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the
Or Arte Moreno, owner of the
Or Michael Milken, the former junk bond guru who spent 22 months in prison for securities violations and is one of the nation's most prolific philanthropists.
Milken and his wife, Lori, were co-hosts at a sumptuous, $25,000-per-couple fundraiser for Schwarzenegger about 10 days ago near
In his time of need,
"He clearly gets donations from people who have business before the state and who are regulated by the state," said Larry Noble, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics.
"These are people who want to be close to the governor and they're buying access. Their business interests are tied up with his political agenda. And when he spends a lot of time raising money from wealthy donors, their interests are going to be the focus of discussions and he's going to be thinking about that when he makes decisions, no matter what he says."
No contribution is too small and no favor is impossible for
"The principal sponsor of the
As the Los Angeles Times reported last week, Schwarzenegger is also pulling in staggering amount of money from non-profit organizations that are exempt from campaign disclosure requirements. Organizations like this pay the governor's expenses and provide instant cash for campaign activities.
"One group controlled by a powerful corporate consultant pays the $6,000-a-month rent on a
All of these organizations receive donations from major corporations which have vested interests in a vast array of legislation and executive activity over which Schwarzenegger has influence.
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is benefiting from millions of dollars raised by a network of tax-exempt groups without revealing that the money comes from major corporations with business before his office.
The groups are run by Schwarzenegger's closest political allies, who also represent some of
For a man who said he was going to change the way things were run in
"... here is a man who got elected on the promise that he wouldn't need special interest money and wouldn't take it. He now says he needs it and he'll be happy to take it. How many promises does he get to break before no one believes anything he says?"
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