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Schwarzenegger vows to raise $120 MILLION

February 17, 2006 12:18 AM

This is just off the charts shameless:

In seeking to reach his goal, Schwarzenegger is offering large donors personal access. Invitations to a March 20 dinner in Beverly Hills offer "head table seating with the governor" for two and six photos of couples with the governor for those who contribute at least $100,000 to his reelection campaign and the state GOP. The dinner's star speaker is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a champion of campaign finance reform.

This is the exact same guy who a couple of days after he announced his run for governor in 2003 said


"I have the advantage that I'm going to Sacramento without any baggage. I haven't made any deals with anyone. I haven't sold out to any special interest groups. I'm not taking any money from anyone. Anyone that comes to me, I say, 'Look, I will support your cause if it is for the better for the people, but not just for you because you give me campaign contributions.' I don't want to get into that. I want to go up there with no baggage, no strings attached. I will be totally independent. And therefore, I will be able to make decisions that those guys right now up there in Sacramento will not be able to make because they already have taken money. They already have sold out."

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Read the 2 comments.

Tom from Madison:

This is exactly the kind of influence selling that Bush brought in with his program of Rangers and Pioneers. Ken Lay's Enron is a a great example of how this ends up affecting everyday people.

We need to stop selling government access to the highest bidder. McCain should be ashamed of being associated with this.

Fri Feb 17 2006 1:17 AM

Dave E.:

Californians have been suffering from buyers remorse for quite awhile now. Arnold is doomed.

Not to mention the fact that his race to the center is indicative, and very telling, of how radioactive the GOP label is this election cycle. Expect a flurry of pinkslips come November and wingnuts to be accordingly nonplussed.

Speaking of typical cheap GOP political maneuvers, how bout that Lynn Swann?

Republicans hiring vessels with flashy names to sneak their wack policies through democracy's straights of gibraltar. Reagan, the Bush family's rejects, Arnold, and now Swann.

Steelers win the super bowl, and the GOP views it as political opportunity to sneak in a flashy wide-out from the team's glory days. Nothing is sacred anymore.

Do you suppose he'll do autographs and pictures for campaign contributions?

Fri Feb 17 2006 2:02 AM

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