When Schwarzenegger announced on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last month that he was running for governor – an announcement that by all accounts surprised even his closest political advisers – he said he was determined to purge the influence of special interests on state government and would not raise any money for his campaign.
"I don't need to take any money from anybody," he said then. "I have plenty of money myself."
Now he has an aggressive fund-raising campaign that has pulled in more than $1 million from land developers, high-tech companies and other interests.
Schwarzenegger also declared he was the unencumbered outsider who would "clean house" in Sacramento. But he is surrounded by the political and policy team of former Gov. Pete Wilson and has the backing of many Republican business leaders and the majority of partisan Republican elected officials in California.
"That's one of the ironies here. While Arnold is running as an outsider, he has establishment support in the Republican Party," said Bill Whalen, a policy analyst at the conservative Hoover Institution and former Wilson speechwriter.
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