Schwarzenegger Trip to Republican Convention To Be Funded in Part by Donations From Pharmaceutical Firms
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) trip to the Republican National Convention in New York City is being funded largely by donations from corporations with business interests in California, including some pharmaceutical firms, to help reduce the cost to taxpayers, Schwarzenegger aides said Wednesday, the New York Times reports. Abbott Laboratories, Amgen and Pfizer are among the corporate sponsors of Schwarzenegger's trip, according to a list provided by the governor's office, the Times reports. Schwarzenegger's aides said they expect the cost of his trip to total $350,000. Rob Stutzman, communications director for the governor, said state funds would be used only to cover the cost of Schwarzenegger's security detail. At the convention, Schwarzenegger is scheduled to speak in a prime-time slot Tuesday (Broder, New York Times, 8/26).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.