Thursday, December 08, 2005

Arnold and the taint of ill-gotten campaign funds.

Do you smell that? Smells like something rotten. You know like bad eggs or a dead skunk. Yep. That's the smell of tainted money. And as much as politicians love
to receive it. The minute the media finds out the donations are illegal or immoral, the politicians can't wait to get rid of it.
Except it seems, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger.

Apparently Brent Wilkes, the one that bestowed all the ill-gotten bribes on Randy
"Puke" Cunningham, also donated $73,000 to Arnold. And in a complete coincidence I'm sure, Arnold appointed Wilkes to two board seats. One to the Del Mar Fair Board and the other to the State Race Track Leasing Commission. On November 29th, the Governator, asked Wilkes to resign. That's great. But what about the $73,000?
according to today's LA Times article Arnold says: "at the present time" the money would not be returned.

That's pretty much what he told the state of Ohio when it was discovered the unscrupulous and now indicted Tom Noe, he of the multi-million dollar Coingate scandal that drained the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Fund of money, donated 10 Grand to Arnold. It wasn't until Ohio State Senator Marc Dann put the screws to Arnold to give up the money, that Arnold coughed up it up. But you know what he did? He didn't donate it to charity. He gave it back to Tom Noe! According to a Toledo Blade article (which has done a fabulous job uncovering that scandal.)

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could have cleared his campaign coffers of Tom Noe’s $10,000 in contributions by donating the money to a charity or the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, but instead he sent the cash back to the embattled coin dealer.

Marty Wilson, Mr. Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, said yesterday the governor was not aware there were other options for disposing of the money contributed by Mr. Noe, who is facing accusations that he stole millions of dollars from a $50 million rare-coin fund he managed for the bureau. A long line of Republicans, including President Bush, has already sent the coin dealer’s contributions to charities or the bureau.

“Had we known about the other options, we may have made a different choice, but that’s hindsight,” said Mr. Wilson, adding the money was returned in early June. “The fact is the money has gone out."

“It’s money that clearly wasn’t his money to begin with and Governor Schwarzenegger knew it,” said state Sen. Marc Dann, a Democrat from suburban Youngstown. “I think he ought to give another $10,000 back to the bureau.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger. One stupid and smelly politican.


Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...


Sorry, had to say that.

Still can't believe they voted him in...


8:57 AM, December 09, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

That California charade of a recall was the closest thing this country has ever had to coup. It was orchestrated by RNC operatives and they dumped millions into the state to ensure the recall succeeded.

The funny thing is getting the star struck californians to elect that simpleton has completely backfired on them. Arnold has proven to be a social liberal and the state has rejected all of his moronic fiscal policy.

2:24 PM, December 09, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Hey Cranky,
You're absolutely right about Californian was star-struck. What's interesting is how they rejected all of his initiatives. Arnold, like Bush doesn't like to govern. He just wants to be adored. They are both taking a beating now and they look it. I heard a rumor today that Arnold may not run again. He's succeeded at pissing off both Republicans and Democrats.

3:25 PM, December 09, 2005  

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