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Sunday, August 07, 2005

PRICE OF GOVERNOR'S ROAD SHOW / San Jose, nonprofit advocacy group foot bills for transportation-spending photo op

PRICE OF GOVERNOR'S ROAD SHOW / San Jose, nonprofit advocacy group foot bills for transportation-spending photo op: "In the end, what began as a full-blown media event to showcase Schwarzenegger and his transportation concerns ended up the target of late-night comedy.

'Isn't personally filling a pothole beneath the governor?'' sniffed Samantha Bee of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show,'' which recently aired a spoof on the event. 'We're talking about the star of 'Jingle All the Way,' and 'Kindergarten Cop.'

'A stunt like that might work for ... Gray Davis,'' she sniffed, 'But not the Terminator.''"

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This gem is great!

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Democratic critics said they are alarmed by a confusing web of groups to oversee -- and shield, some charge -- the activities of the governor.

"For a guy who came into office saying he would have the most open administration in history, they sure are hiding the ball an awful lot,'' said Democratic strategist Roger Salazar. "These guys are playing three-card monte with their funds, and with information that the public really wants to know. They move money from one group to another, and they refuse to provide information on his time and activities until they're absolutely required to do so.''

Sheldon Rampton, research director of the Center for Media and Democracy, a watchdog organization, said that while the governor's team may be abiding by the letter of the law, "the bottom line is transparency. There's an ethical problem anytime people engage in politics to change policy without the public knowing who's funding the effort,'' he says.

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Again, we find that the Governor's plan is to shape public opinion. How and who is helping him. Republican businesses, lawyers, and corporations. Governor Schwarzenegger, just doesn't want you to know it and niether does California Recovery Team, or Save California.

This is disgusting.

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