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Schwarzenegger-Ken Lay Meeting Emails Now Online

Internal Enron e-mails confirm that Arnold Schwarzenegger was among a small group of executives who met with Lay at the posh Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel in May of 2001, in the midst of California's energy crisis. The meeting with Enron occurred ten days after rolling blackouts darkened California for two consecutive days; Schwarzenegger has previously said that he does not remember such a meeting.

FTCR's senior consumer advocate Douglas Heller said, "Mr. Schwarzenegger should come clean about what happened at that meeting and if he shares Ken Lay's views on energy regulation."
Schwarzenegger-Ken Lay Meeting Emails Now Online
Wednesday, 8 October 2003, 3:08 pm
Press Release: Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights

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EDITOR'S NOTE: See also Greg Palast's take on these memos, and Arnie's response when a voter took up the issue at a political rally. THIS JUST IN! ARNOLD RESPONDS TO PALAST CHARGES IN "Arnold Unplugged - It's Hasta la Vista to $9 Billion if the Governator is Selected"  http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=284&row=0
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NEWS RELEASE
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
Oct 03, 2003

Enron E-mails Confirm Schwarzenegger-Ken Lay Meeting

Enron E-Mails Show Arnold Met With Ken Lay During Energy Crisis

Santa Monica, CA -- Internal Enron e-mails confirm that Arnold Schwarzenegger was among a small group of executives who met with Lay at the posh Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel in May of 2001, in the midst of California's energy crisis. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which obtained the e-mails, is calling on Schwarzenegger to acknowledge the meetings and disclose the information that was presented and discussed. The meeting with Enron occurred ten days after rolling blackouts darkened California for two consecutive days; Schwarzenegger has previously said that he does not remember such a meeting.

"You don't meet with America's most well-known corporate crook in the middle of California's biggest financial disaster and not remember," said FTCR's senior consumer advocate Douglas Heller. "Mr. Schwarzenegger should come clean about what happened at that meeting and if he shares Ken Lay's views on energy regulation."

The documents provide a list of invitees to the hastily arranged meeting and a list of those who actually attended. Only eleven of the 45 invitees attended, including Schwarzenegger. The meeting was meant to be an opportunity to gain business community support for Enron's "comprehensive solution" to the energy crisis. In one e-mail, Enron's VP of Public Relations wrote: "We'd like to position this meeting as an insider's conversation of what's going on with the energy situation. This meeting should be for principals only." (emphasis in original)

FTCR contends that Enron policies were responsible for the severe energy crisis California faced in 2000 and 2001. The group noted that the crisis had dramatic implications on the state economy and state budget and will continue to impact consumers for years to come. FTCR has called for a repeal of the deregulation and supported SB 888 (Dunn) to re-regulate the state's electricity system. FTCR has been critical of Enron's involvement in the California energy crisis, in which the company developed schemes for manipulating the power market that forced massive price spikes in the state.

"Since it was apparently important enough for Schwarzenegger to attend despite the last minute notice, Schwarzenegger should now explain what happened at his meeting with Enron's Ken Lay and whether or not he supports electricity re-regulation," said Heller.

VIEW THE EMAILS IN PDF FORMAT HERE:
 http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/utilities/rp/rp003709.pdf

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FTCR is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. FTCR does not support or oppose candidates for office and takes no position on the California recall.

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We need more of this story. 10.Oct.2003 22:23

conspiracy brother

This is undoubtedly a great story if Greg's spin is for real. All we really know thus far is that Arnold apparently did intend a meeting with Lay and others. What was discussed is still unclear. and mere speculation at this juncture. I'd love to believe the Palast story, but until more of facts get out, it has no more credibility than if it was in the National Enquirer. The pending litigation sounds like the thing to key an eye on for the time being. If it turns out the new governor "terminates" the lawsuit, with a settlement, than we must do everything within our power to get the mainstream media on it.

cb

here's more 10.Oct.2003 23:07

ask and ye shall receive

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/10/273112.shtml

It hasn't happened yet but it looks pretty certain right now.