"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious plan to reorganize almost every aspect of state government was influenced significantly by oil and gas giant ChevronTexaco," including "streamlining the permit process for the construction of new oil refineries" and "reorganizing the regulatory process for ... energy facilities," reports Associated Press. ChevronTexaco, "one of about 20 companies that paid the send the governor and his staff to this week's Republican National Convention," has contributed more than $200,000 to Schwarzenegger committees and $500,000 to the California Republican Party since the October recall election. "That is what we are here for," said ChevronTexaco's general manager over state government relations.
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