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Dec 17, 2003 - 07:16 PM
Access Deniedby Jerry Flanagan and 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 with the Guv cost $21,200.
Ms. Greggs and Jon Marcus, a businessman who is struggling to afford his health insurance, didn't have the cash for the bash. But they had 21,200 green jelly beans in hopes Arnold would be more concerned about their problems than what kind of green they had to offer. Alas, the message from the Governor was clear: "You're not welcome here, it's a private affair," was the only response they repeatedly received from the guards at the door. Nor were television, radio or newspaper reporters allowed entrance to this private fundraiser, held just two blocks from the capitol. The TV cameras could merely shine their bright lights through the floor-to-ceiling windows trying to make out the lobbyists and special interest donors who were lining up to pay for access to Arnold.
Greggs and Marcus tried to pass letters explaining their circumstances through the security, but the governor's people would not even take their notes. Donors "come on through, the rest of you are not welcome." Nor would a governor's staff person come outside into the cold night to hear Greggs and Marcus out. So much for equal access and open government. To read more about Greggs and Marcus click here:
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