Schwarzenegger Event Draws Protest


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 2, 2006

It’s beginning to look an awful lot like last year:  Nurses protesting outside a luncheon for Schwarzenegger donors in Sacramento.  The scene is familiar, but the rallying cry has changed slightly.
This year, the nurses' union is pushing for public financing of campaigns by supporting a bill to that effect that has cleared the assembly and a similar ballot initiative.  Donna Gerber with the California Nurse’s Association says that would help politicians focus on fixing the state’s problems: 

 “That’s where the Governor should be spending his time and energy – not trying to raise the largest amount of money of any governor in the history of California.”

The Governor has indicated that reforming campaign finance reporting remains a priority.  According to campaign reports filed with the Secretary of State's office, Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign started the year about 410,000 dollars in the red.