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#21 Corwin

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 07:57 PM

Here is another article I found on this from newsmax.com

http://newsmax.com/a.../5/172951.shtml


This doesn't sound like he is going to be spending hardly any time on this, especially office hours...


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#22 Rov Judicata

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 08:00 PM

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Well, it may not actually be harmful in this case, but it sure doesn't look good. If this sort of "moonlighting" were to be considered acceptable, then it would blur the boundaries of conflict of interest and hurt the overall effectiveness of the Governor. A bodybuilding magazine might be acceptable because there's no obvious conflict, but what if Arnold became the editor of a trade magazine in the real estate industry? (Just to pick real estate at random.) If his administration then went on to make decisions that benefited big land owners, the editorial job might look like he was getting a kickback from the people his government was helping, even if he wasn't. All in all, it would be better if he stayed neutral and refrained from doing any "extra" jobs while he's Governor.

If that were the case, I could see the problem. However, here there's no clear conflict of interest, and there's no evidence he'll even be spending any time working on the job. If Arnold does do something like what you're using as an example, I'll be on board... but I don't think this particular case is harmful.

What Arnold *should* have done is earmarked half the salary to go straight to CA's general fund. Then, he could legitimately argue that he's helping the state by taking the job. Seems fair to me.
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#23 GiGi

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 10:37 PM

Definately agree Rov, we need all the help we can get!!!
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#24 Corwin

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 12:13 PM

Javert Rovinski, on Mar 8 2004, 06:58 PM, said:

What Arnold *should* have done is earmarked half the salary to go straight to CA's general fund. Then, he could legitimately argue that he's helping the state by taking the job. Seems fair to me.
Don't forget he already gave up his Governor's salary, (pennies compared to what he still makes, but at least it's not even more coming out of the taxpayer's pockets)

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Edited by Corwin, 09 March 2004 - 12:13 PM.

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#25 Drew

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 12:57 PM

Una Salus Lillius, on Mar 6 2004, 03:08 PM, said:

HubcapDave, on Mar 6 2004, 01:03 PM, said:

Is this any worse than Gov. Ventura doing color commentary on XFL games?
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#26 Rhea

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 09:30 PM

Kevin Street, on Mar 8 2004, 05:29 PM, said:

Seriously though, how do you avoid conflict of interest (or at least the appearance of conflict of interest), if you do other jobs while in office? The vast majority of government corruption starts out that way, or in similar ways, imo. A friend asks an official to help out his company by making a few phone calls, say, and the friends pays the official back by giving him (or his family) shares in the company, or he donates a few extra bucks to the official's "deferred compensation" from when he worked with the company, or he gives him the use of the corporate jet, a good deal on a house, a spiffy position on the board of executives for when he retires from public life - or he gives the official a nice easy "extra" job to do while still in office. There are so many ways that politicians can be corrupt, it only makes sense, imo, to limit the possibilities of what they can get away with while they're in office. They'll probably do all the same stuff and wait until they retire to get the rewards, but at least we can keep the sleaze to a minimum while they work for us.
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