When he campaigned for
governor, Arnold promised to bring sunshine to Sacramento and embrace
full disclosure by politicians. But the ads for the gov's initiative
agenda don't even disclose what every other initiative campaign in the
state does -- who is paying for them.
Since the governor, teachers, nurses, or cops seem to be featured in
every initiative ad for the special election, we've started reading the
fine print to figure out who's who. Arnold's TV disclosure says only:
"Paid For By Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team."
Other ads tell us whose ideas we're watching. "Paid for By No On 75,
Educators, Firefighters, School Employees, Healthcare Givers and Labor
Organizations Opposed to Paycheck Deception and Alliance For A Better
California, CA Teachers Association Issues PAC, and CA State Council Of
Service Employees Issues Committee" shows us public employees and
unions produced the No on 75 ad.
"Paid for By Californians Against the Wrong Prescription -- No On Prop
79, Sponsored By The Pharmaceutical Research And Manufacturers Of
America And Major Funding Provided By Johnson & Johnson, Merck
& Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, And Other Companies"
makes it perfectly clear that the pharmaceutical industry opposes Prop
It's this obvious because California law requires the names of ballot
measure committees to include their major donors. Gone are the days of
"Californians For Puppies and Ice Cream" because the voters did away
with disclosure subterfuge. A second rule requires initiative ads to
include the names of the two largest donors to the campaign.
What about Arnold's top givers? The gov is using a loophole in disclosure law to avoid naming his special interest donors.
What should Arnold's committee really be named? The law would suggest:
"Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team, A Coalition Of Big
Businesses Including The Health Care, Real Estate, Insurance,
Entertainment, Technology, Finance and Agriculture Industries With
Major Funding Provided By Developer A.G. Spanos and Retired Executive
William A. Robinson."
Not pithy, just the facts. Every other campaign plays by the rules. Arnold should too.