Fresh Paint
Thursday, September 02, 2004
The Neo-Enron
Chevron Gave Big to Governor, Played Key Role in Reorganization Plan
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious plan to reorganize almost every aspect of state government was influenced significantly by oil and gas giant ChevronTexaco Corp., which managed to shape such key recommendations as the removal of restrictions on oil refineries.
Disclosure of Chevron's determined role in what many believe is the administration's most important political reform effort contrasts sharply with statements he made during last year's election campaign and afterward in which he promised to sweep out a corrupt system where "contributions go in, the favors go out."
Now who's the girlie-man? Read this. Either Arnold is the biggest liar of them all, or else he's so stupid he doesn't know he's being bought. I think he's just a run-of-the-mill Republican, nothing more:
Chevron, whose officials acknowledge they lobbied hard to get their ideas in the report, is one of about 20 companies that paid to send the governor and his staff to this week's Republican National Convention in New York. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger attended a closed-door meeting in New York with representatives of those companies, including Chevron. And just three weeks after the governor's office released the 2,700-page reorganization report, the company gave $100,000 to a Schwarzenegger-controlled political fund.
Check out the full list of Chevron contributions here.

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