May 05, 2007

Schwarzenegger stumps for tribes

Ad campaign by gambling tribe features SchwarzeneggerAs uplifting music plays in the background, an announcer says, "California and California Indian tribes, together we soar. Gov. Schwarzenegger and California Indian tribes have reached historic agreements that bring California hundreds of millions of dollars a year to help balance the budget, improve education and provide quality health care for those who need it most."

The commercial ends with the announcer urging viewers to contact their legislators and tell them to approve the compacts: "California's future depends on it," he says.

A 60-second version of the ad also touts Indian tribes as "good responsible neighbors that bring thousands of jobs to all Californians."

There is no mention in either version of the massive expansion of gambling the compacts would allow—enough new slot machines to fill 10 Las Vegas-sized casinos.

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