Sep 13, 2004
When he was running for Governor of California last year, Arnold Schwarzenegger promised that he would "clean house" in Sacramento and end the politics of catering to "special interest groups."
Apparently, that doesn't include corporations and their lobbyists. The oil giant Chevron, for example, was one of the corporations that participated in writing Schwarzenegger's 2700-page reform plan, called the California Performance Review.
Not surprisingly, the plan includes recommendations to ease environmental requirements for new oil refineries and the expansion of old ones. The governor is also planning to visit with Mexican officials later this month, to lobby, among other things, for Chevron's proposed liquefied natural gas plant off the shore of Tijuana.
It all comes for a price, of course. Since Schwarzenegger's election, Chevron gave $800,000 to his political funds and the California Republican Party. Chevron was also one of the 20 companies that paid to send Arnold and his staff to the Republican National Convention in New York.
A Chevron executive said that Chevron's donations were not because of Schwarzenegger's favors to Chevron but because of his "pro-business agenda."
Did anyone ask him to explain the difference?