Web Site Offers to Post Photos of All Candidates

From Times staff and wire reports.

Gateway Inc. plans to launch a Web site Friday, candidate, on which all 135 people whose names will appear on the Oct. 7 recall ballot have been invited to post one photo a day from their campaigns. Gov. Gray Davis, the target of the recall effort, has also been asked to contribute.

The photos, taken with Gateway digital cameras, are to be edited by photojournalist David Hume Kennerly, who said he was hoping to create a “cumulative scrapbook” of the election.

“There’s no restriction on the content of the photos except for issues of taste,” he said.



‘80s Rock Anthem Boosts Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be getting bad reviews from Democrats and facing tough questions from the media, but his campaign had one certifiable hit this week: a song.

The tune is “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” the 1984 single by the Long Island band Twisted Sister. At a rally last week in Fresno, the song was blasted over loudspeakers at rock-concert decibel levels to signal Schwarzenegger’s arrival.

Some senior citizens in the audience covered their ears as the chorus echoed:


We’re not gonna take it

No, we ain’t gonna take it

We’re not going to take it anymore.

An estimated crowd of 3,000, many of them young men, had been relatively subdued before hearing the first few bars of the tune.

“We’re stoked!” shouted Cliff Garabedian, 20, a UC Irvine junior who called the song a good choice.

Schwarzenegger staffers noted the reaction and kept the song playing for 15 minutes after the candidate’s speech ended. They dropped hints that the campaign may have found its anthem.

“It fits what he’s been saying,” said Karen Hanretty, campaign press secretary. Schwarzenegger frequently borrows a line from the 1976 film “Network”: “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”



SUV Owners Group Petitioning Huffington

A sport utility vehicle owners group wants gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington and other SUV critics to lighten up in the wake of recent arson and vandalism attacks at dealers selling the vehicles.

Washington, D.C.-based SUV Owners of America, a nonprofit group formed to speak for the nation’s 24 million owners, said anti-SUV crusader Huffington and others encouraged radical groups.

The Earth Liberation Front was allegedly responsible for torching SUVs in the San Gabriel Valley, causing millions of dollars in damage.

Huffington issued a statement Thursday criticizing those who destroyed the vehicles.

“What these people are doing isn’t activism, it is vandalism, and I strongly oppose it,” she said.

The candidate added that she had no disagreement with SUV owners, only manufacturers who don’t build more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“The automakers have the technology to make more fuel-efficient SUVs, and that is what consumers deserve,” she said.


The owners group said it would deliver a petition with more than 6,000 signatures to Huffington.



Contributions race

These contributions were reported by major candidates on the recall ballot who have received sums of at least $100,000 for their gubernatorial campaigns. Totals are for all contributions through Aug. 23 and contributions of $1,000 or more through Friday. Donations of $1,000 or more must be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

Candidate or committee: Cruz Bustamante


Total reported: $664,292 -- 127 contributions

In the 24 hours ending Friday: $24,200 -- 3 contributions

The Community Pride Fund of Arlington, Va., nonprofit (check) contributed $20,000. A campaign committee for Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes, Democratic chairwoman of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, gave $3,200.

Candidate or committee: Arianna Huffington


Total reported: $410,196 -- 2,244 contributions

In the 24 hours ending Friday: $28,000 -- 7 contributions

While most of Huffington’s contributors have given less than $100, members of the entertainment industry continued to account for many of Huffington’s larger donations. Actor Noah Wyle gave $5,000 and Universal Entertainment’s chief operating officer, Ronald Meyer, gave $5,000.

Candidate or committee: Tom McClintock


Total reported: $565,772 -- 1,137 contributions

In the 24 hours ending Friday: $10,000 -- 2 contributions

Interwest Insurance Services, a Sacramento-based insurance broker, gave $5,000, as did James McNeal, president of a statewide ambulance service.

Candidate or committee: Arnold Schwarzenegger


Total reported: $3,483,818 -- 379 contributions

In the 24 hours ending Friday: $79,400 -- 16 contributions

Venture capitalist Raymond Lane, former president of software giant Oracle and technology advisor to President George W. Bush during his campaign, gave $21,200*. Developer Beck Properties Inc. contributed $10,000, and Lee Newell, owner of New Cities Land Co., also a developer, gave $4,000.

Candidate or committee: Peter V. Ueberroth


Total reported: $2,628,984 -- 192 contributions

In the 24 hours ending Friday: none

Two anti-recall committees, which are not subject to the same contribution limits as candidates, have raised more than $5 million to help Gov. Gray Davis.

Taxpayers Against the Governor’s Recall, has reported receiving more than $2.6 million from 176 contributions.

Californians Against the Costly Recall of the Governor, has reported raising more than $2.4 million, with $107,610 from 2 contributions reported in the 24 hours ending Friday. Californians Against the Costly Recall returned a $250,000 contribution from the Democratic Governors Assn. at the association’ s request. Gov. Gray Davis’ old gubernatorial campaign committee transferred $97,610 of its funds to Californians Against the Costly Recall.

*Contributions to candidates from each outside source are limited to $21,200. There is no cap on the amount candidates can give their own campaigns.

Reported by Times staff writer Joel Rubin and Times researcher Maloy Moore.

Source: Campaign reports filed with the California secretary of state.