Until recently, virtually no utility or energy company funds were sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger?s ever-expanding political committees. But last week, the governor revealed one of his accounts reaped $200,000 from Sempra Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, and ChevronTexaco. The three companies sent their checks to the prolific fund-raiser?s California Recovery Team, a catchall committee that fuels one of the governor?s five other fund-raising committees. Sempra gave the team $50,000, and ChevronTexaco, which is moving into the liquefied natural gas market, contributed $100,000. Sempra hopes to build an LNG terminal along the coast of Baja California, while ChevronTexaco has plans for an offshore plant in the area. PG&E contributed $50,000 but has not made public any LNG plans. Earlier in the month the governor received a $25,000 contribution from Calpine, which wants to build an LNG terminal on Humboldt Bay. This week, Schwarzenegger announced that he had met with the governor of Baja California. ?From education to business, I look forward to working with Governor [Eugenio] Elorduy on issues of importance to both our states,? he said in a February 18 statement. During and after the state?s energy debacle, cash from energy companies seldom made its way to politicians? pockets. But industry money is showing up again, particularly in the coffers of the state?s chief. Politicians who were previously afraid to take industry money ?have gotten over it,? said Jim Knox, executive director of California Common Cause, an open-government advocacy group. Schwarzenegger, who has not yet been in office 100 days, has raised a staggering $10.97 million since being elected, leaving former Governor Gray Davis in the dust. ?Davis raised $6.1 million during his first six months in office, which was considered quite scandalous at the time, as [former governor Pete] Wilson raised just $1.2 million his first six months in office,? Knox said.