Schwarzenegger, AT&T Contributions to Public Utilities Commissioner Questioned:

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger paid $25,000 to Susan Kennedy, a PUC official who is now Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff, three weeks after he received the same amount from AT&T as reported in the Los Angeles Times. In between the two contributions Kennedy voted to approve the purchase of AT&T by SBC, a move that consumer activists say will cost consumers upwards of $330 million. Schwarzenegger and Kennedy deny any wrong doing and Schwarzenegger has pointed to the amount of money that he pays to his campaigns stating that, “you can consider this money coming out of [my wife’s and my] share rather than out of the various different companies’ share.”

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