Friday, September 29, 2006

The Tax Eaters

You know what I mean. Did anyone think Arnie would really be different.

SACRAMENTO — A tax-exempt group set up to create jobs is being used by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to bankroll a pair of splashy bill-signing events designed to attract publicity as he runs for reelection.

Unlike contributions to Schwarzenegger's campaign account, donations to the nonprofit are not subject to caps or disclosure requirements.

Part of the cost is being picked up by the Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth, a nonprofit panel that Schwarzenegger launched in 2004 to lure business to California. The commission is planning to raise about $25,000 to help pay for the events, according to executive director Mark Mosher.

Among the commission's donors are major California companies with business before the state, including PG&E and Southern California Edison.

PG&E spokeswoman Jann Taber said the company donated $100,000 to the governor's nonprofit group in March. Although a Schwarzenegger aide raised the subject of an additional contribution to help cover bill-signing costs, the company has not given more, she said.

Another company official, explaining PG&E's support for the new law, said the company already has relatively clean emissions and is committed to reducing global warming.

Both PG&E and Southern California Edison maintain an active lobbying presence in Sacramento and are regulated by the state Public Utilities Commission. A majority of the PUC's five commissioners have been appointed by Schwarzenegger.

Fuckers! That's the ratepayers' money. That $600 check I just wrote to PG&E is paying that (yes one month). If they don't get it directly they get through some bogus bullshit they set up.

Howard Jarvis where are you?



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