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f someone had bought Monica
Lewinsky’s blue dress before Ken Starr got hold of it, how much
leverage would they have had over the President of the United States?
Would the GOP have issued subpoenas quicker than they do tax rebates?

The revelation today about a second Schwarzenegger sex scandal pay-off,
perpetrated by media conglomerate American Media Inc. (AMI), should be
enough to convince Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and the legislature to
investigate this private company’s control over California’s chief

According to today’s Los Angeles Times, AMI paid $2,000 to silence the
owner of a copy of a Playboy video shot during Carnival in Rio de
Janeiro starring Arnold "grabbing a scantily clad woman and making
other sexually suggestive gestures." Last month we learned AMI also
paid Gigi Goyette $20,000 to cover up her sexual relationship with

If Nunez had held the hearings he promised back in July, the
legislature would have already uncovered AMI’s effort to suppress the
adult programming.

Both attempted cover-ups occurred while AMI was negotiating a
multi-million dollar deal that paid Schwarzenegger a percentage of
advertising revenue collected from the manufacturers of
pseudo-steroids. The contract guaranteed the governor’s ear when
legislation to restrict the sale of those psuedo-steroids reached
Arnold’s desk, and was vetoed, last year.

The effort to suppress the video, called the "Pecker Project" by AMI
insiders, should convince Nunez to turn a spotlight on AMI’s influence.
With all the grabbing Schwarzenegger has engaged in, how hard could it
be for Nunez to grab a single subpoena?

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