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Schwarzenegger Vows to Terminate Gerrymandering By Matching Donations

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By    |   Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 09:39 AM

Arnold Schwarzenegger is promising to match donations toward fighting gerrymandering in a promise to "make Washington work for us."

The actor and former governor, who has focused on the issue since his terms in office in California, said in a Facebook post earlier this week  that it is "now time to take independent redistricting reform nationwide," reports The Hill.

The fight will involve a "three-pronged attack," said Schwarzenegger. "We will fight gerrymandering with grassroots initiatives, we will fight it by lobbying in state capitols, and we will fight it in the courts. Together, we will win."

Politicians have divided the United States, he said, by "drawing map lines so that they can pick the voters they want to represent, instead of letting the voters pick them."

Schwarzenegger said he will match any donations made to the effort's CrowdPac account. As of Saturday morning, just under $9,500 had been raised.

The former governor admitted the drive to end gerrymandering won't be easy.

"Republican and Democratic party bosses do not want independent citizens’ commissions to draw district lines," he said in his post. "Instead they want to protect the rigged status quo. It's one of the few things Democrats and Republicans can agree on, and they will spend millions of dollars to protect that rigged system. They did it in California, and they won for years."

Schwarzenegger has emerged as a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, who has in turn lambasted the former action star for his one season replacing Trump on "The Apprentice." 

In recent weeks, the former governor slammed Trump's budget plans, saying the president wants to balance the nation's books on the backs of its children. 

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