Politics & Government

Meg Whitman sets new spending record in California election

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman became the biggest ever U.S. campaign self-spender yesterday after putting another $15 million into her campaign, bringing her total contribution to $119,075,806.11.

Whitman surpassed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who invested $110 million of his own money to win a close race last year. Whitman has also raised more than $20 million from outside sources.

Despite the record spending, Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of online auction firm eBay, is still locked in a close race with her Democratic rival Jerry Brown, who only began running paid advertising last week. His campaign has raised about $35 million so far, virtually all of it from outside sources.

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