Ja, ja, I know Arnold is in Las Vegas for the "National Clean Energy Summit 2.0: Jobs and the New Economy".*
This story is about how to buy access to the next shindig in September, should you so desire. From the Sacramento Bee:
A top California Chamber of Commerce official is soliciting six-figure donations to help Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger host a climate change summit in Los Angeles, offering contributors private access to the governor and "first-paragraph mention in official event press release," according to donor materials.
Schwarzenegger will host the Governors' Global Climate Summit 2 from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 to give leaders of states and other "subnational" governments a platform to discuss clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Organizers have billed the event as a precursor to a major U.N. Climate Change conference scheduled for December in Copenhagen, Denmark.
To pay for the Los Angeles conference, Schwarzenegger is relying on the California State Protocol Foundation, a nonprofit group with ties to the California Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders who opposed 2006 legislation mandating a reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.
Climate summit donors can become a "Blue Sky Sponsor" for $250,000 or a "Clean Air Sponsor" for $100,000. Both levels offer access to a "VIP Reception" with Schwarzenegger, a photo op with Schwarzenegger and mentions in the official press release, along with prominent placement on event materials. Five other opportunities with price tags between $100,000 and $250,000 offer similar benefits.
Donors can become a "Title Sponsor" for an unspecified price. That sponsor can host its own private reception "with key participants" and receive "first paragraph mention in (the) official event press release," in addition to the other opportunities to meet with the governor....MORE
From the NCES 2.0 website:
National Clean Energy Summit 2.0: Jobs and the New Economy
WHEN: August 10th 2009 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WHAT: High-level industry leaders, scientists, policy experts, and public officials, along with citizens and the media, will gather in Nevada for a day-long summit hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This year’s summit will bring together the nation’s top minds including former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, energy executive T. Boone Pickens, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, White House Council on Environmental Quality Special Advisor Van Jones, Nevada State AFL-CIO executive Danny Thompson, and many others to chart a course for our nation's clean energy future.
WHY: 2009 provides a pivotal opportunity for our nation to come together to define a policy agenda that accelerates the deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency, creates good jobs, advances energy independence, and ensures long term economic prosperity for Nevada, the nation, and the world. We hope you will join the conversation....MORE