imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The "special interests" behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign

by Robert Salladay, Chronicle Political Writer Sunday, Sep. 07, 2003 at 9:41 PM

While Schwarzenegger has criticized Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for taking money from unions and Indian tribes, the Republican candidate has collected at least .5 million from individual donors, attorneys, business interests, venture capitalists and California companies. Some of them employ full-time lobbyists in Sacramento.

Schwarzenegger woos key corporate players

Fund-raising goes outside his own pockets

Robert Salladay, Chronicle Political Writer

Sunday, September 7, 2003

©2003 San Francisco Chronicle | Feedback

URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/07/ARNOLD.TMP

Sacramento -- Arnold Schwarzenegger began his campaign with an indictment of special interests, vowing to self-finance his campaign for governor, but now spends much of his time raising money and collecting endorsements from some powerful corporate players.

After a private luncheon with donors Saturday, the actor appeared under a giant oak tree outside the California Farm Bureau Federation to receive the group's endorsement and that of the Western Growers Association, two groups with urgent matters before the governor's office.

While Schwarzenegger has criticized Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for taking money from unions and Indian tribes, the Republican candidate has collected at least .5 million from individual donors, attorneys, business interests, venture capitalists and California companies. Some of them employ full-time lobbyists in Sacramento.

Schwarzenegger is under increasing pressure to explain the difference between rejecting union and tribal money and accepting contributions from corporations that lobby the Capitol as well. At a press conference, Schwarzenegger said he segregated unions and tribes because they must negotiate state-worker contracts and gambling agreements directly with the governor.

"Let me tell you, I never said that any of those people are bad," Schwarzenegger said Saturday. "There is a difference. I think we need lobbyists to listen to. I think it's good to have all these interests fighting for their causes. What I am saying is you cannot expect to represent the people of California if you are taking money from a union, and you know that down the line you are going to sit across the table from them."

The reforms of 1911 that created California's recall laws came about because corporate interests, particularly Southern Pacific railroad, dominated state government affairs. Now, as California faces the first test in a contest for governor of those recall laws, corporate special interests again are being debated.

AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE

After promising early in the campaign to "not take money from anyone," Schwarzenegger now has an aggressive fund-raising schedule. He attended a closed-door lunch Saturday in Sacramento and scheduled another private reception with vintners and other contributors in Healdsburg last night.

Schwarzenegger has raised more than .5 million for the governor's race so far, including .5 million from his own pocket. The rest comes from donors that include businesses and real estate interests that have legislation, regulations and contracts before the state government.

Schwarzenegger's donors include Donald Bren, chairman of the Irvine Co., a real estate developer that lobbies in the Capitol on endangered-species regulations, water and transportation issues, as well as the Coastal Commission. Hilmar Cheese Co., which employs lobbyists on dairy and milk-pricing legislation, also gave him ,200, the maximum. Executives with the tech company Emulex, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Health Net Inc., all of which have employed lobbyists in Sacramento, also donated.

Campaign-finance reports show 66 individual donors to Schwarzenegger who list themselves as either a CEO, president, chairman of the board, owner or major partner in a California business.

RETURNS ,500 CHECK

But last week, Schwarzenegger returned a ,500 check that had been sent to him by the Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs' PAC, saying, "We realized this was a conflict of interest.

"As soon as you take their money, you then owe them something," Schwarzenegger said. "It's an old rule: Campaign contributions come in, favors go out, and the people are hurting."

Schwarzenegger's critics on the campaign trail, particularly independent Arianna Huffington and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks (Ventura County), have attacked the actor-turned-candidate for drawing a "distinction without a difference" between union and Indian tribe money, and corporate interests in Sacramento.

"Sure, there are great businesses," Huffington said. "But we've had so many examples of unscrupulous, greedy businesspeople who basically cost California billions of dollars in pension fund and shareholder wealth. I think the distinction he's making shows that this is not a part of his world."

Daniel Zingale, Davis' Cabinet secretary, said Schwarzenegger's contention that somehow business interests who donate campaign contributions are not "negotiating" with the governor is "either disingenuous or misleading."

He said the California Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed Schwarzenegger on Friday, as well as the Farm Bureau Federation, the Western Growers and private companies associated with them constantly approach the governor on bills, regulations and state contracts.

"The governor hears from them virtually every day with requests for one thing or another," said Zingale.

Zingale said the governor's office currently is in detailed and intense negotiations with the Chamber of Commerce over reforming the workers' compensation system. That, he said, means balancing corporate demands with providing adequate worker benefits.

EXPLAINING NO-MONEY RULE

Schwarzenegger campaign consultant Mike Murphy said the no-money rule applies only to groups that depend directly on the governor for paycheck and benefit contracts or gaming compacts. Schwarzenegger is expected to announce a campaign-finance plan in the coming weeks.

"I think we're being held to a little unfair standard because we're the only politician out of the major candidates who is putting any limit on fund-raising, and somehow we're the guy who is not perfect," Murphy said. "What he's saying is no money from tribal gaming interests and public employee unions. PACs are OK, individuals are OK. We are going to take contributions."

Over the past few years, public employee unions and Indian tribes have grown in influence in Sacramento. No individual organization spends more money lobbying the Capitol than the California Teachers Association, the most recent state records show.

But as a group, California corporations dominate lobbying at the state level. Lobbyists working for manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture, utility, real estate, entertainment, retail and restaurant interests spent 6.8 million for the two-year cycle ending 2000. Lobbying by labor unions and public employees accounted for .2 million, state records show.

At Saturday's events in Sacramento, growers said environmental and worker regulations were running up costs and hampering their business. They were unapologetic in supporting Schwarzenegger because they believed they would benefit from his administration.

"Arnold has told us that he plans to protect farmers and protect business," said Edwin Camp, chairman of the Western Growers Association. "Wow, a governor who would really want us. We need a governor . . . who can say 'no' to the runaway liberal Legislature."

Carl's Jr. franchise owner Russ Clark from Yuba City said he donated ,000 to Schwarzenegger because he believes he can win the Oct. 7 election, then act as a moderating force over extremists in the Legislature.

Clark said his donation was "absolutely not" an attempt to sway Schwarzenegger on issues important to him, including a pending health insurance mandate for small business owners. He said that because Schwarzenegger could run for governor without any outside help, he is better able to fight special interests in the Capitol.

"Whether it's the lawyers' lobby or the business lobby or the labor lobbyists, they dump millions of dollars, and they want something for it," Clark said. "They are buying things, and it's hurting us all."

©2003 San Francisco Chronicle | Feedback

Page A - 1

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 5 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
you vill be crushed Union Yes Monday, Sep. 08, 2003 at 10:19 AM
Translation Ralph Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2003 at 9:12 PM
Miss Sarah Collins Thursday, Oct. 09, 2003 at 9:30 AM
Ahnold Salutes His Supporters Dept. of Historical Amnesia Thursday, Oct. 09, 2003 at 11:49 AM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy