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Mar 05, 2004 - 04:15 PM

Classic Arnold

by Carmen Balber
After victory at the polls on Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger promised California action and got straight to it. This weekend, the governor will preside over the Arnold Classic, a Columbus, Ohio body-building extravaganza. Though his competitive weight-lifting days are over, California's Collectinator is likely to come out ahead in the new event he introduced this year, the Mr. Fundraiser competition. Thus far, Arnold is the only competitor, with a $2,500 to $25,000-per-person fundraiser scheduled. Schwarzenegger staffers estimate he will raise $200,000-300,000 at the event, double or triple the prize for lifting the heaviest barbell at the Arnold Classic.

Californians have heard the governor's office insist for weeks that raising $100,000 a day in campaign contributions was just Arnold doing his job -- passing the "Recovery Bond" in order put California's fiscal house in order. ArnoldWatch doesn't think the Gov should be let off the hook for breaking his promise to sweep the special interests out of Sacramento. But, when the initiative campaign ended, we thought we might have finally seen the Champion's retirement from this event.

ArnoldWatchers should call the Fundraisernator and tell him to "Puh-leeze Stop Fundraising."

How to reach the Gov: Phone: 916-445-2841; Fax: 916-445-4633;

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