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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 08:00 AM
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LAT: Nonprofits Cloak Schwarzenegger Donors (one pays hotel suite rent!)
Nonprofits Cloak Donors to Governor
Tax-exempt groups provide millions from sources not made public. Ethics watchdogs say the practice avoids state disclosure laws.

By Robert Salladay and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers


SACRAMENTO 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 California's biggest interest groups. Unlike the governor's many campaign funds, the nonprofits are not required to disclose their contributors and can accept unlimited amounts.

One group controlled by a powerful corporate consultant pays the $6,000-a-month rent on a Sacramento hotel suite used by the governor, who is a multimillionaire. Others have funded media events and political rallies featuring Schwarzenegger and helped pay for his foreign travel. So far, five tax-exempt groups aiding Schwarzenegger have collected $3 million.

Other elected officials also raise money through nonprofit groups. But Schwarzenegger campaigned on creating an open government answerable to the public. His use of the nonprofit groups has the opposite effect, ethics watchdogs said.

State and federal laws allow groups performing a broadly defined "public benefit" to operate tax exempt. But the lack of disclosure requirements means potential conflicts of interests between the governor and his contributors remain hidden, allowing powerful donors to curry favor with Schwarzenegger behind the scenes, they said....


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-nonprofits24aug...
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 08:31 AM
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1. 6,000-a-month rent on a Sacramento hotel suite
Also sounds like the hotel is "helping" him out too. That is only $200 per night and does not sound like a place the Gropinator would stay in IF that is the normal rate.

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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 08:44 AM
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2. This should be a nice ad for the Democratic Nominee.
They should have quote from Arnie bashing Davis for his fund rasing and then show this.
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 10:45 AM
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3. I bet he doesn't even run again.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 10:48 AM
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4. I've been saying that for a while.
It won't suprise me if he doesn't.
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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 10:50 AM
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5. It will all depend on how the referendums in Nov go...
but at the moment, they aren't looking too good.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 11:23 AM
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6. Hope the lack of a paper trail works against him

this time.

He needs to RESIGN but he just keeps bragging along.

What a criminal.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 06:36 PM
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7. HELLo!
KICK!
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 06:56 PM
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8. Slimebag! n/t
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