Monday, May 31, 2004

What Happened to recallarnoldwatch?

Today, I noticed that there is no recallarnoldwatch. Why? We don't have the freepers like John Murphy and his aliases, or Misty Fantasy, Neil Slocomb, Lanky, Jim/Jack Ziegler, or some other Freeper Troll. Why?

Until I get authoritative answers, I like to tell everybody that the Recall of the Governator is not the least bit over or is giving out its last gas. There are two sets of issues that will arrivw within the next three months OR LESS- the Budget and the Gay Marriage case before the California Supreme Court. To start to prematurely write the obituary of the Recall effort would be a GREAT disservice to the people of this State, knowing full well that it was and is a Republican effort to screw up the State and attempt to use it as a Republican Beachhead for the Liar-in-Chief of the Millenium.

Bush and Arnold will be defeated in November 2004.This Country will survive and we will have a tremendous recovery once again under President Kerry.

As for the Gay Marriage Group, I don't know why my posts are not being posted. Ahrnold's hand-picked California Supreme Court may well be likely TO BAN GAY MARRIAGES, based on Republican Dogmas, and Mantras, instead of what the law says, dating back to 1972. It is imperative that all Gay Rights groups be mobilized to not only recall Ahrnold, but, if there is any, the Anti-Gay Marriage Majority on the California Supreme Court.

READ THIS, I'LL LAUNCH THE IMPEACH ARNOLD YAHOOGROUP IN A FEW MINUTES (BTW, a violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 is a misdemeanor):


News Archive - Web Logs - Press Releases

Press Release
Feb 10, 2004 - 01:00 AM

CONTACT: Carmen Balber (310) 392-0522 ext. 324 or Doug Heller ext. 309
FPPC Should Investigate Schwarzenegger’s Initiative Advertisements & $2 Million Transfer, Group Says
Advertisements Fail to Disclose True Source of Funding
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger's campaign to pass Propositions 57 and 58 illegally circumvents voter approved campaign finance law in order to hide the true source of donors, according to a complaint from consumer advocates to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The nonprofit, nonpartisan Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) asked the FPPC to review the funding practices of Schwarzenegger's committees and ensure that future advertisements comply with the law.

State law requires that ballot initiative advertisements clearly state the major economic or special interest that is funding the advertisement. Advertisements in support of Proposition 57 and 58 (the bond and budget initiatives) state that major funding for the campaign is provided by Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team. According to FTCR's complaint, the Recovery Team committee, which has transferred $2 million to the Yes on 57 & 58 committee, has not properly identified its funding sources, primarily banking and development interests, insurance companies, hi-tech, media and energy interests. As a result, the public is being misled to believe that the funding for the campaign is Governor Schwarzenegger rather than the interests who have actually contributed to the campaign.

According to the complaint, Governor Schwarzenegger is using his committee structure "to launder campaign dollars into the "Californians for a Balanced Budget -- Yes on 57 & 58" committee in such a fashion that the source of funding for the ballot measures promoted by the Governor is hidden from the public. By taking these evasive actions, Governor Schwarzenegger has violated those sections of the Political Reform Act that require committees to reveal to voters the true source of funding behind a ballot measure."

The group also warned that Governor Schwarzenegger might be conspiring to continue this deception with a New York fundraiser in support of the ballot measures scheduled for February 24th. That fundraiser, at the home of Robert Wood Johnson IV, heir to the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson fortune, has been described as an opportunity for donors to become a co-chair of Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team by contributing an unprecedented $500,000 in support of the ballot measures. FTCR is asking the FPPC to ensure that the campaign in support of Proposition 57 & 58 identifies the major funding sources regardless of which committee actually receives the donation.

FTCR, which has not taken a position on the initiatives, noted that Governor Schwarzengger may fear that revealing the true source of financial support may undermine the initiatives. Under the campaign finance law, a more appropriate tagline to advertisements promoting propositions 57 & 58 would read: "Sponsored by Californians for a Balanced Budget - Yes on 57 & 58; a coalition of banks, developers, insurance companies and energy firms. Major funding from American Sterling Corporation and Paul Folino, CEO of Emulex corporation."

"Disclosure laws exist to ensure that voters know which special interests are funding an initiative," said Carmen Balber of FTCR. "Just because the voters might think twice when they see who is really behind a ballot measure does not justify the Governor's deceptive fundraising tactics."

Read the complaint at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/corporate/fs/fs004008.php3

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FTCR's Complaint to the Cal. Fair Political Practices Commission

February 10, 2004

Enforcement Division
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J St., Suite 620
Sacramento, CA 95814


VIOLATION REPORT

Person Making Complaint
Carmen Balber
1750 Ocean Park Blvd, Ste. 200
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Ph: 310-392-0522 ext.324
Fx: 310-392-8874
carmen@consumerwatchdog.org

Alleged Violator
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: 916-445-2841
Fx: 916-445-4633

Provisions of Political Reform Act Allegedly Violated
1) Government Code Sec. 84504:

84504. (a) Any committee that supports or opposes one or more ballot measures shall name and identify itself using a name or phrase that clearly identifies the economic or other special interest of its major donors of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more in any reference to the committee required by law, including, but not limited, to its statement of organization filed pursuant to Section 84101.
(b) If the major donors of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more share a common employer, the identity of the employer shall also be disclosed.
(c) Any committee which supports or opposes a ballot measure, shall print or broadcast its name as provided in this section as part of any advertisement or other paid public statement.
(d) If candidates or their controlled committees, as a group or individually, meet the contribution thresholds for a person, they shall be identified by the controlling candidate's name.

2) Government Code Sec. 84503:

84503. (a) Any advertisement for or against any ballot measure shall include a disclosure statement identifying any person whose cumulative contributions are fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more.
(b) If there are more than two donors of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more, the committee is only required to disclose the highest and second highest in that order. In the event that more than two donors meet this disclosure threshold at identical contribution levels, the highest and second highest shall be selected according to chronological sequence.

Description of Facts Constituting Alleged Violations
"Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team" has been utilized by Governor Schwarzenegger to launder campaign dollars into the "Californians for a Balanced Budget -- Yes on 57 & 58" committee in such a fashion that the source of funding for the ballot measures promoted by the Governor is hidden from the public. By taking these evasive actions, Governor Schwarzenegger has violated those sections of the Political Reform Act that require committees to reveal to voters the true source of funding behind a ballot measure.

1) Governor Schwarzenegger controls ballot measure committee #1261406, "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team," which was opened on December 13, 2003.

The "Recovery Team" committee has received contributions totaling $4,036,741 from 94 donors. These contributions include five donations of $250,000 each from banking firm American Sterling Corporation, the high tech Emulex Corporation, builder William Lyon Homes, developer Castle and Cooke, media mogul Jerry Perenchio and retired private investor William Robinson.

Government Code Sec. 84504 requires "Any committee that supports or opposes one or more ballot measures shall name and identify itself using a name or phrase that clearly identifies the economic or other special interest of its major donors of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more in any reference to the committee required by law, including, but not limited, to its statement of organization filed pursuant to Section 84101."

Governor Schwarzenegger has violated Section 84504 by failing to indicate the economic or special interests of the contributors to the committee in the name: "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team." This name conceals the large business and corporate interests -- including the finance, real estate, technology and entertainment lobbies -- which have donated to the "Recovery Team" committee.

2) Governor Schwarzenegger also controls the ballot measure committee #1261936, opened on January 14, 2004, and named "Californians for a Balanced Budget -- Yes on 57 & 58."

"Yes on 57 & 58" has received $2,085,000 from 5 donors. $2 million, the vast majority of the committee's funds, was transferred to the committee by "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team."

Government Code 84503 requires "Any advertisement for or against any ballot measure shall include a disclosure statement identifying any person whose cumulative contributions are fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more."

Campaign ads just released by the committee indicate that they are "Paid for by Californians for a Balanced Budget Yes on 57 & 58. Major funding provided by Gov. Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team." By funding "Yes on 57 & 58" through money transfers from the "Recovery Team," Governor Schwarzenegger has violated the requirements of Government Code Sec. 84503. Indicating that major funding to the "Yes on 57 & 58" committee came from the "Recovery Team" makes it look as though the initiative is paid for by Schwarzenegger himself, rather than revealing the true source of campaign cash -- the corporate donors to the "Recovery Team."

3) This matter is particularly urgent because the Governor has announced a fundraiser on February 24 to raise money for Propositions 57 & 58. The minimum donation at this event is $50,000 and top donors, at $500,000, will be given the title of "Co-Chair" of the California Recovery Team. It can only be assumed that Governor Schwarzenegger intends to continue his pattern of raising money into the "Recovery Team" committee and then transferring those funds to "Yes on 57 & 58." Timely action is required to stop the imminent recurrence of this violation of the Political Reform Act, as described above.

Documentation Enclosed
"Yes on 57 & 58" campaign advertisements can be found online at: www.yes57and58.org/ads.html. The text of these advertisements, printed in the Los Angeles Times on February 10, is enclosed.

The statements of organization, form 410, for "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team" and "Californians for a Balanced Budget -- Yes on 57 & 58" are enclosed.

A San Francisco Chronicle news article of February 6, 2004, reporting the February 24 fundraising event is also enclosed.

Contributions to "Californians for a Balanced Budget -- Yes on 57 & 58" are found online at: www.cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1261936&view=late and spreadsheet is enclosed. Contributions to "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team" are found online at: www.cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1261406&view=late and spreadsheet is enclosed.

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