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California Recovery Team Spending Unaccounted For

A nonprofit group organized by Governor Schwarzenegger to help support his political interests has spent close to 500-thousand dollars so far this year without disclosing who donated the money or exactly how it was spent.

Records filed with the state show the California Recovery Team received nearly 250-thousand dollars in support between July and October from one of Schwarzenegger´s own political action committees to pay for public rallies and phone banks aimed at urging voters to contact lawmakers on budget issues.

But although Schwarzenegger has said one of his main goals is more open government, the report doesn´t identify the donors to the organization´s political activities or what vendors were hired to organize the rallies and make the phone calls.

Schwarzenegger´s lawyer said state laws do not require any more details about the organization´s spending.

He said that the governor is already disclosing more than is required.