SACRAMENTO (AP) — Republican Meg Whitman has spent more than $140 million so far on her campaign for California governor, nearly $40 million of it during the last three months, she reported Tuesday.

The amount the billionaire former eBay chief executive has spent on advertising and political consultants, most of it from her personal fortune, stands in sharp contrast to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who reported Tuesday that he has spent $10.7 million this year, nearly all of it since Labor Day.

Brown reported $22.6 million in campaign cash as he heads into the final month of the race against Whitman. He has raised about $33.5 million since forming an exploratory committee last year and has benefited from independent spending by unions.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Whitman has raised $29.5 million from outside sources, about $4.7 million from out-of-state donors, since she entered the race last year. In her first run for public office, she has given $119 million of her own money, a record for a U.S. candidate.

She has about $9 million cash on hand for the final month of the campaign.

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Whitman’s report shows the Washington, D.C.-based Republican advertising agency Smart Media Group has taken in most of Whitman’s spending, nearly $92 million.

She has spent $6.8 million to date on her staff, including $90,000 a month to her chief strategist, Mike Murphy. Close friend and former eBay spokesman Henry Gomez makes $36,000 a month.

Whitman’s campaign also has spent nearly $12 million on outside consultants, $8.2 million on campaign literature, $1.2 million on polling and $850,000 on private air travel.

Brown, who relies on a roster of volunteer workers, has spent just $321,000 on campaign staff and consultants to date; campaign manager Steven Glazer earns $15,000 a month.

The bulk of Brown’s spending, nearly $9 million, has gone toward the ad campaign he recently launched, he also spent $94,000 on polling.

Brown has spent about $13,000 on air travel, most of it on Southwest Airlines.

Recent donations to Whitman’s campaign include $25,900 from original eBay president Jeffrey Skoll, $25,900 from the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, and $10,000 from Microsoft Corp. CEO Steven Ballmer.

Brown, who is popular in Democratic-leaning Hollywood, continued to collect contributions from famous names, including $13,800 this month from actress Kate Capshaw, on top of the $25,000 she gave last year; $2,000 from actor Sean Penn, $25,000 each from husband-and-wife duo Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman, and $25,000 from Irish actress Katie McGrath.

David Crane, a special adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave Brown another $1,000 this month on top of his $5,000 contribution in April.

About $1.8 million of Brown’s contributions have come from outside California.

Brown, the state attorney general who was governor from 1975 to 1983, has received significant financial help from public employee unions. They have spent $13.8 million on his behalf in the general election, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

One of those groups, the Service Employees International Union, announced last week that it was launching a $5 million media campaign targeting Latino voters on Brown’s behalf.

Public opinion polls have shown the gubernatorial candidates are neck-and-neck, as some voters are expected to begin returning their absentee ballots, which counties began mailing Monday.

California candidates seeking statewide office and legislative seats, as well as ballot-measure committees, major donors and independent expenditure groups, were required to file their financial reports for the period ending Sept. 30 with the secretary of state’s office by midnight Tuesday.

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Comments (12)
  1. Taxpayer says:

    ANYONE who would spend $140M to get a $175,000.00 per year “headache” job is up to something (power/future presidential candidate?) and I would not want them to be in charge of our California’s budget! That $140 million could have been spent to start up a company & hire a few thousand people to AFFECT the unemployment figures.

  2. Whattheheck says:

    We are going to show Meg Whitmen that money can’t buy an election nor can it buy a third face to her already two-faced person.

  3. not her furs says:

    She is a sad case, it will take five times what she spent on her vanity to real charities for anyone to call her human.

  4. tomvila says:

    As a Republican, I am voting for Jerry on this one. Meg has shown her irresponsible spending with this campaign. Why couldn’t she have done this frugally to show that she will be frugal with public funds. I am afraid of what she will do with public funds if she is elected when she is so carefree with her own money…

  5. Sage Advice says:

    As a life-long Republican, I have always voted for the Republican candidate for Governor, for the 20 Years I have lived in Los Angeles going back to Pete Wilson. However, this will be the FIRST time I will NOT be voting for the Republican candidate, and WILL be voting for Jerry Brown. Meg Whitman is a two-faced RINO (Republican In Name Only) and she has shown her Janus attributes by telling whatever audience is before her the words they want to hear; in one instance she is telling people that want justice in handling “Illegal Aliens” that she will be “tough as nails” and then weeks later, in front of irrational Hispanic and Latino audiences she is emoting to them she will be their mother-figure to work with the laws to help “Illegal Immigrants”. Furthermore, her prior actions show she is anti-2nd Amendment, in banning/prohibiting firearm parts sales on Ebay (which contributed to Ebay’s stock downfall) and has expressed that she supports gun control laws, and yet she was having her puppets set up booths at CA gun shows (like the Costa Mesa Gun Show) to trying to con CA gun owners into thinking she supports the 2nd Amendment – yet she would never step a single foot near a gun show or support the NRA in any degree. This pig is so full of double-talk and BS, she would say anything to either end of the field, and pay any amount of money to do it. Anyone that would spend $140 Million to become Governor of CA is either a power-hungry fascist who merely wants another fabricated title added to her already suspect resume, or she is a delusional nut with a financially irresponsible version of a “Hope” propaganda campaign, having no concept of what the job will actually entail; sounds much like Obama, doesn’t it? She is a RINO, and the worst of her breed; worse than Schwarzenegger, and more like Gray Davis when it comes to her anti-2nd Amendment views. A she-wolf in sheeple’s clothing – just to get votes. Disgusting!

  6. Marco says:

    Are you kidding me ?!?!!?!? $140 Million in a recession where people are loosing their jobs, homes and American dreams?

    GTFO here Meg Ryan. This is not eBay.

  7. Rodger Gunn says:

    Thinks the highest bidder wins
    Just like on EBay

  8. KenF says:

    We can only think of what that $140M would have done to help our state instead of spending it to listen to campaign rhetoric. It just shows that her message is not resonating with the electorate. So, the reasoning is to spend more and more just like the state mess that she claims she can fix ?

  9. Sandpaper Sally says:

    I’m starting to believe that Meg Whitman is really Glenn Beck in a dress with a Quaker Oats wig !!

  10. anon says:

    Meg is a phony. She ruined Ebay , made it very difficult for the small time seller to make it– most of the sellers on Ebay now are businesses, not the mom and pops.

    I am amazed too that someone would spend so much of their own money to win a job which pays 175,000…. it’s all about her ego and not helping the state.

  11. vudu says:

    This is a test post. My last post berating you jealous idiots never made it up…… just trying to see if Ive been banned for calling the editors idiots too many times.

    1. vudu says:

      Hmmm interesting. Oh well states in the toilet and im not retyping all of that. If you want to not vote for a business woman to try and fix california because shes spending too much which makes you jealous and/or suspicious……. go ahead. We can just slide farther down the economic pole for 2 more years.

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