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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenneger donates $1.25 M to redistricting campaign

Tuesday, 27 September 2005 12:00 AM

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to jump start his campaign to change how legislative and congressional districts are drawn, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has contributed $1.25 million of his own money to the Yes on Proposition 77 committee.

The committee also received another $1.25 million from Steve Poizner, a Silicon Valley billionaire who is heading up the drive to pass the redistricting measure. Both donations were reported to the secretary of state Friday.

Poizner said Tuesday that he and Schwarzenegger agreed to make the contributions at a meeting earlier this month in which the governor also asked Poizner to serve as chairman of the Yes on 77 committee.

The measure, which Schwarzenegger helped qualify for the ballot, would strip authority for drawing districts from the Legislature and turn it over to a panel of retired judges.

Poizner, who is also running for the Republican nomination next year for insurance commissioner, said he believes lawmakers have too much of a vested interest to be allowed to continue to drawing the boundaries of their own districts.

Opponents charge that the measure is an effort by Republicans to simply pick up more seats.

"The huge dollar amounts being put in by both the governor and Poizner demonstrate what we've been saying all along," said Paul Hefner, spokesman for the No on 77 committee. "This is a political power grab by one set of politicians wanting to rewrite the constitution to get an advantage over another."

Schwarzenegger political aides have said that he intends to donate as much as $4.5 million from personal funds to support his ballot measures in the Nov. 8 special election.

In addition to Proposition 77, Schwarzenegger's primary measures are: Proposition 74, which would lengthen the probationary period of public school teachers; Proposition 75, which would require public employee unions to get annual written permission from their members before their dues could be used for political purposes; and Position 76, which would impose new spending limits on the state.

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