He’s Not the King, But is Arnold Earning Royalties?

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On supermarket racks, 7-eleven
shelves and news stands across the state, Californians are being urged
to pony up $4.95 a pop for a piece of California history – the Official
Collector’s Edition magazine "Arnold: His 60 Day Campaign That Changed

The commercial-free, pictorial biography of the governor takes us
through his career, some of it in his own words. The magazine’s
publisher, American Media, Inc. (AMI), also puts out the National
Enquirer and recently acquired Weider publications, the muscle and
fitness magazine publisher closely associated with Arnold. (The Arnold
mag devotes eight pages to the Gov’s friendship with fitness publishing
guru Joe Weider, and the magazine company is also a major donor to
Arnold’s campaign.) Weider was not only involved with the making of
"Arnold" but also pays one of Schwarzenegger’s firms an undisclosed
amount annually, according to recent documents filed by Schwarzenegger.
It’s a fair question, then, whether Arnold is receiving royalties for
his role as governor and the collector’s edition that chronicles his

When Terminator 3 DVD sales took off internationally after the
election, some surmised Arnold’s gubernatorial ambitions were part of a
marketing strategy to boost the sales figures of a sagging box office
star. Regardless, movie business profits should be his. But if Arnold
is collecting royalties or other income from a magazine that would
never had been published had he not been elected, then Arnold is
marketing his office and profiting from his governorship. That’s
self-serving, not public service. Inquiring minds want to know. What’s
Arnold’s stake in "Arnold?" The governor should turn any profits over
to the general fund. Arnold was elected governor, not given marketing
rights to the office.

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