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Sep 25, 2006 - 01:00 PM

Greasing the Wheels of Government

by John M. Simpson
Just after being busted last week by the state for ripping off consumers by doing unnecessary work on their cars, EZ Lube gave the maximum allowed -- $22,300 -- to Arnold. The 76 shops in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties could have their business registrations suspended or revoked by the Department of Consumer Affairs. You can bet they're hoping this political lube job pays off.

EZ Lube's lawyer claims the company based the (unnecessary) oil changes on mileage, not the color or condition of a car's oil. But there's no mileage in taking campaign cash from companies facing disciplinary action by a state agency. Give back the grease, Arnold, before you slip in it.

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