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 Post subject: I think this is well founded, I hope so but it pisses me off
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Contact: Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, 310-392-0522 ext. 309


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Massachusetts residents want California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to comply with state laws that cap how much can be added to the price of concert tickets and make the block of Rolling Stones tickets he is selling to campaign contributors available to the general public. Schwarzenegger is hosting a political fundraiser for himself in which donors who pay $10,000 get a front and center seat to the concert and those who pay $100,000 get a ticket to join the Governor in a luxury box. Schwarzenegger reportedly received the event tickets from the tour sponsor, Ameriquest, which is embroiled in state investigations into its unfair lending practices.


In separate letters to Schwarzenegger, two Massachusetts consumers asked to have Stones tickets donated or sold at face value. Under Massachusetts' anti-scalping law, tickets can only be resold with a minimal mark-up over face value. Consumer advocates at the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) believe that $450 is the approximate face value of the seats that Schwarzenegger is selling for $10,000.


Copies of the letters can be downloaded at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resourc ... etterA.pdf http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resourc ... etterB.pdf


"Massachusetts consumers are being squeezed out of the concert so Schwarzenegger can raise millions of dollars to push his big industry donors' agenda in California," said Douglas Heller, executive director of the California-based non-partisan Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which runs the Web site http://ArnoldWatch.org. "Not only is he hawking tickets for a show that is sold out, he's breaking Massachusetts' anti-scalping law to do so. If Schwarzenegger's allowed to sell these tickets with outrageous mark-ups so his campaign can prosper, any scalper with half a brain will find their way around the state law."


Consumer advocates said that Schwarzenegger's predatory scalping of these highly sought-after tickets seemed to be part of a theme for the concert, because the show's sponsor is mortgage lender Ameriquest. That company has long been accused of predatory lending practices and recently set aside $325 million to settle allegations of unfair practices from 30 state Attorneys General, including Massachusetts. In addition to being the Stones sponsor, the company has sponsored Schwarzenegger's political career, donating over $1.5 million to the California governor.


Schwarzenegger is selling the Stones tickets at hugely inflated rates to raise money for his campaign in order to push a series of ballot initiatives in an extra election he has called for this November. Polls show a majority of California voters don't want to spend the $80 million estimated cost to run a special election since there is a 2006 primary already scheduled for June, according to the non-profit FTCR. Schwarzenegger, who has traveled around the country a number of times to raise money for his political campaigns, has set a goal of raising $50 million for his special election.


Since beginning his campaign for governor two years ago, he has already raised about $50 million, despite a pledge not to raise money and to sweep special interests out of California government. Early in his campaign, Schwarzenegger announced:


"Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them, you owe them something." And, "I will go to Sacramento and I will clean house. I don't have to take money from anybody. I have plenty of money."


When Schwarzenegger campaigned for governor during the state's 2003 recall of then-governor Gray Davis, Schwarzenegger accused Davis of spending too much time fundraising and creating an atmosphere of "pay-to-play" in the state government. Schwarzenegger's fundraising trip comes as California lawmakers are putting the final touches on this year's legislation. Last year, Schwarzenegger agreed not to fundraise during this time, because it would create an appearance that donors with bills on the governor's desk are buying special access at this critical time.


"Arnold was elected on a promise to clean special interests out of politics and focus on the needs of Californians. Instead, he's traveling around the country, scalping rock concert tickets for a hundred grand a piece to any special interest that wants access during the key weeks of the legislative session," said FTCR's Heller.


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what gets my goat even more is that the rolling stones is allowing themselves to be whored out like that. they do not need the political edge nor do they need extra cash...so, why would they be showing their fans that they can be political whores??? totally lost on that one.

i also see they are now doing tv commercials for ameriquest banking..i'm disappointed with the stones lately and i have always been a fan of them. i felt they "kept the faith" from their beginnings and that's what made them so great over the years...so, why turn into someone's whore now?

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what gets my goat even more is that the rolling stones is allowing themselves to be whored out like that. they do not need the political edge nor do they need extra cash...so, why would they be showing their fans that they can be political whores??? totally lost on that one.

i also see they are now doing tv commercials for ameriquest banking..i'm disappointed with the stones lately and i have always been a fan of them. i felt they "kept the faith" from their beginnings and that's what made them so great over the years...so, why turn into someone's whore now?



I agree and remember that SARS outbreak in Ont-Canada? The Canadian Government hired the Stones to come there and have a concert, to show people it was safe to come there and visit, live or whatever. Why they have decided to become whores for the establishment, I do not know? One thing we do know, is the Media-States of America are controlled and so is Europe's media to a large extent. The same thing goes in Canada, Australia and other countries. So, maybe one can assume the Stones take their orders like the rest of the media whores. It would be a scary thing to wonder if one's jet airplane might one day, fall from the sky?

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