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    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

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    Mountjoy 34.9
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

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    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

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    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
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    Thursday, June 01, 2006

    Schwarzenegger has a special interest in Capitol-area money

    The following first appeared in Capitol Weekly

    In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned for governor as an outsider that wouldn't be beholden to special interests. But three years later, as the now-incumbent governor runs for re-election, Schwarzenegger has raised more money from Sacramento's downtown ZIP code--better known as special-interest central--than any other ZIP code in the state.

    All told, the residents and business interests in the Capitol's 95814 have chipped in $689,527 to Schwarzenegger's bid for re-election. That's $130,000 more than the next highest ZIP, in posh Newport Beach, and more than $400,000 more than the governor's third biggest donating postal code in Los Angeles, according to a Capitol Weekly analysis of public records.

    Downtown Sacramento has heaped money at the Democrats running for governor as well. The 95814 is the single largest contributing ZIP code to state Treasurer Phil Angelides, and for state Controller Steve Westly it ranked fourth.

    "There are very few real people who live in 95814, legislative staffers and journalists excepted," said Doug Heller, a spokesman for the Foundation for Taxpayers and Consumer Rights. "95814 is the home address of California special interests."

    In fact, Schwarzenegger's Downtown Sacramento donors include many of the state's leading political players, like the California Restaurant Association ($26,000), Exxon Mobil ($10,000), AT&T ($35,000) and the California Building Industry Association ($44,600).

    Each of those groups has major interests pending before state government.

    The restaurant association has been one of the Capitol's most outspoken opponents of raising the minimum wage--which Schwarzenegger has vetoed the last two years. The state energy commission, at Schwarzenegger's request, is investigating energy companies like Exxon Mobil for possible price gouging.

    AT&T is advocating for a bill to open the state's cable industry to telecommunications companies, a measure that is likely to land on the governor's desk later this year. And the building industry association lobbied heavily to help shape this year's Schwarzenegger-backed $37 billion bond package.

    Schwarzenegger campaign spokeswoman Julie Soderlund defended the downtown donors as only some of Schwarzenegger's many supporters.

    "The governor is supported by a diverse group of individuals, including more than 13,000 people who have given financially to ensure Californians in every corner of the state hear his message for moving California forward," said Soderlund, noting that the average contribution to the governor was less than $700.

    But Heller, whose organization operates, a Web site that tracks political donations to Schwarzenegger, said the 95814 donations are symptomatic of California's political system, where politicians are dependent on special interests for campaign cash.

    "Politicians in California get elected on promises of independence, which fall away as soon as they move into 95814," said Heller. "They get hooked up to the IV which is Sacramento lobbying cash and they cannot stand up to the potent drug."

    Schwarzenegger is certainly not the only candidate hauling in big bucks from Sacramento.

    The 95814 area is Phil Angelides' single biggest contributing ZIP, with more than $1 million in giving. For Steve Westly, it ranked fourth, giving $239,285.

    Beyond the confines of the Capitol region, the entire city of Sacramento ranks second in political largesse given to Schwarzenegger, with $935,077, after California's largest city, Los Angeles, whose residents gave more than $1.8 million.

    Schwarzenegger, and both leading Democrats in the governor's race, have leaned heavily on affluent areas of the state for campaign cash.

    Newport Beach's swanky 92660, which is sandwiched between the ocean and several country clubs, is Schwarzenegger's number two ZIP code, followed by three upscale Los Angeles neighborhoods and the Pacific Palisades, another affluent coastal township.

    Perhaps California's best known ZIP code--Beverly Hills 90210, of teen melodrama television fame--ranks ninth among all Schwarzenegger-giving ZIP codes, with $186,000 in contributions. The area, known for the wealth of its residents, gave nearly as much to Angelides--and ranked as the No. 1 ZIP code for Westly that wasn't home to his back right pocket.

    Sometimes a single family can propel a ZIP code to the top of the rankings. In Eureka's 95501, the Arkley family skirted voter-approved donations limits by donating $178,400 in a single day--in the name of four separate family members, including a high-school student, who gave $44,600 each--enough to propel the ZIP code into the governor's top 10.

    Rounding out Schwarzenegger' top 10 donor cities are California's major population centers like L.A., San Francisco ($778,050) and San Diego ($553,467). But the list also reflects the governor's right-leaning ideology with conservative strongholds like Riverside ($250,800) and Fresno ($241,529), making the list.

    Neither Fresno nor Riverside is a top donor town for Democrats Angelides and Westly.

    None of Schwarzenegger's top 10 donor ZIP codes are from outside California. But two of his top 10 contributing cities, New York ($488,594) and Dallas ($340,500), which rank sixth and seventh, respectively, are out of state. The New York sum includes the maximum $44,600 contribution from fellow moderate Republican Michael Bloomberg, the city's mayor.

    Overall, Schwarzenegger's re-election account has taken in contributions from 37 states, ranging from Hawaii to Georgia, and the District of Columbia. Californians have contributed the vast majority of Schwarzenegger's funds, with more than $15 million in donations out of the $18 million raised. Texas is the Schwarzenegger's second biggest donor state, with residents and businesses in the Lone Star state chipping in $611,000.

    Schwarzenegger has raised more than $18 million over the last three years in his re-election account, and had $9.7 million cash-on-hand, as of the latest filings with the secretary of state.

    Schwarzenegger advisers have set of a fund-raising goal of $60 to $million this year.

    Comments on "Schwarzenegger has a special interest in Capitol-area money"


    Anonymous Frank D. Russo said ... (12:04 AM) : 

    Good work. Fascinating info.

    Another reason we need campaign finance reform and lobbying reform.


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