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Jan 12, 2006 - 11:00 AM
Reckless and Fecklessby Jamie Court
Giving your biggest donors access to your chief of staff (as the LA Times reports today) in special briefings when the laws forbid fundraising and policy to be mentioned in the same breath. Asking developers that have contributed millions to you in campaign cash to host fundraising meetings to discuss a $222 billion bond plan that will be a huge financial boon for those developers. Riding a motorcycle without a license, then not accepting a ticket from the California Highway Patrol detail that was with you or enrolling in traffic school.
The contrite Schwarzenegger of the State of the State has developed not only a fat lip, but a fat head. His recklessness with the law and his feckless incapacity to deliver on his pledge to run a clean government will continue to give the public pause. Arnold should either pledge to have Fair Political Practices Commission monitors at these "briefings" or cancel them. He should also be clear that no developer that funds his campaign committee will see a dime of the $222 billion bond plan he is creating. After all, the donors would then become state contractors and the gov claimed long ago he would not take campaign contributions from contractors that do business with the state.
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