Schwarzenegger's Lavish Inaugural Raises Eyebrows

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When Governor Schwarzenegger took office after his special election three years ago, his inaugural cost a modest $200,000.  This week, Sacramento will see at least $1.3 million worth of festivities, including a black-tie gala designed by Carl Bendix, who produces events like the Governor's Ball for the Oscars.  Supporters say it's time to celebrate, and plenty of Democrats are invited.  One critic calls it a "slush fund" for "secret [political] access."



  • Judy Dugan - Research Director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights


Warren Olney