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Feb 11, 2005 - 03:30 PM

Consumer Protection Week For Real

by Jerry Flanagan & Jamie Court
This week last year Governor Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation calling it "Consumer Protection Week." This year, Schwarzenegger faced unprecedented public protests during the past week as he fundraised for six-figure contributions for a special election in apparent violation of campaign finance laws. If Schwarzenegger is ultimately dissuaded from calling his special election, this week could prove to be the real consumer protection week.

Yesterday, nurses and consumer advocates, with air support from Air Arnold, had the gov on the run for the third time this week. Arnold was in San Diego at Petco Park as part of a barnstorm across the state to raise money for his ballot initiative battle plan. The group forced the governor to sneak into his lunchtime fundraiser through a side door. The latest message to the gov on a banner plane flying high above Petco Park read, "RNs to Arnold: Protect Patients, Not Your Donors." To watch a video of yesterday's protest, click here (this is a large file and may take awhile to download).

Arnold will be taking flight himself next week for Washington, DC, with California legislative leaders. If Assembly Speaker Nunez wants to show solidarity with the students, nurses, teachers, and firefighters Schwarzenegger is attacking, Nunez should break with tradition and fly back East on a different plane from Schwarzenegger. If he does, we'll call Nunez's plane Air Arnold.

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