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Trump makes donation to Schwarzenegger after governor appears on his TV show

Trump makes donation to Schwarzenegger after governor appears on his TV show

Billionaire Donald Trump gave $10,000 (euro7,330) to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help pay off his campaign debts, a little more than a month after the governor made a guest appearance on the real estate mogul's reality TV show "The Apprentice: Los Angeles," according to a campaign filing.
In an episode that aired March 18, Schwarzenegger hosted five of the show's contestants in his private conference room at the state Capitol.
The Republican governor has denied any link between the donation and the television appearance, but some political watchdog groups are skeptical.
"He's clearly using his personal friendships and his celebrity to pay off his campaign debt, and that's just wrong," said Jamie Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a Santa Monica group that tracks campaign donations.
Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said the April 20 donation was not connected to the governor's appearance on the NBC show. She added that the taping took place earlier in the year, but was unsure of the date.
"The governor appeared on `The Apprentice' because the show was filmed in California for the first time," Soderlund said. "Since the governor was elected, he's appeared publicly nearly a thousand times in different venues."
The contribution was first reported Saturday by the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
Trump could not be reached Saturday at his company's headquarters in New York by The Associated Press.
The donation was Trump's first to Schwarzenegger, whom he described as great friend when he told a group of contenders that they would meet California's governor as a reward for winning that week's competition. The contestants are vying for a chance to work for Trump's company.
Trump has previously given to other California politicians, including $3,500 to Democrat Jerry Brown for his 2006 attorney general bid. In 2005, Trump gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party, according to campaign records on the Secretary of State's web site.
Schwarzenegger has appeared on at least two other reality TV shows filmed in California, MTV's "Pimp My Ride," and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a Republican presidential candidate, have appeared in previous seasons of "The Apprentice," which were filmed in New York City. The sixth season was filmed in Los Angeles.
Schwarzenegger reported $2.3 million in campaign debt after his 2006 re-election bid. He has raised nearly $1 million (euro730,000) so far this year, according to campaign finance filings.
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Updated : 2020-12-02 08:48 GMT+08:00