April 6th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

New name and big bucks in California

Meg Whitman has said that she could contribute up to $150 million in her bid for California governor.
Meg Whitman has said that she could contribute up to $150 million in her bid for California governor.

(CNN) - Some big bucks and a new name are making headlines in this year's battle for California's governor.

The new name is Peter Schurman, the former founding executive director of MoveOn.org. The San Francisco resident is announcing his candidacy for governor and hopes to challenge Jerry Brown in the state's June primary.

"Our Democratic standard-bearer must take bold stands on the key issues facing California – like closing our budget gap by making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share," says Schurman, in an e-mail release.

Brown, California's attorney general and former two-term governor from 1975-1983, is currently the only major candidate in the running for the Democratic nomination.

Brown campaign press secretary Sterling Clifford tells CNN that the campaign remains very confident that Brown will be his party's nominee for governor.

The big bucks belong to Meg Whitman. The billionaire former CEO of eBay announced Tuesday that she contributed another $20 million to her bid for governor. That brings to $59 million the amount of money Whitman has donated to her campaign. Whitman has said that she could contribute up to $150 million in her bid for California governor.

Whitman, who served as an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, has used a big chunk of the money to pay for a multi-million dollar television ad campaign across the Golden State. And it may be paying off. A Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll released Monday suggests that Whitman's commercials have helped erase her once unknown status in California. The survey, and two other recent polls of California voters, indicate that Whitman holds a slight lead over Brown in a hypothetical general election matchup. According to those surveys, Whitman holds a large lead over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June Republican primary.

Whitman raised more than $10.2 million from outside contributors in 2009 and brought in more than $1.6 million from contributors so far this year, according to her campaign.

"Californians cannot afford more failure in Sacramento. Meg is committed to reaching the millions of voters who can help build A New California," says Whitman campaign manager Jillian Hasner.

California's current governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, is term limited.


Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dean

    More redistribution of my income. Someone once said that the only problem with redistribution and socialism is that you eventually run out of everyone else's money.

    April 6, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Dutch

    If I lived in Cali, Mr. Schurman will definitely have my vote.

    April 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Felly

    This is a waste of money. Why don't she give this money to the poor or charity instead of burning them. This is what is wrong with our system today. These are monies she took in as CEO of Ebay. Too much excesses.

    April 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Hugo

    "Our Democratic standard-bearer must take bold stands on the key issues facing California – like closing our budget gap by making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share," says Schurman, in an e-mail release.
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    The Nations most productive economic State with the highest tax rates in the Nation to pay for the highest government entitlement programs in the Nation, anyone see what is wrong with California? $20 Billion in the RED last number I heard, California is done until the libtards figure it out and cut the massive government bureaucracy they have created. Schurman and Moonbeam go head to head to battle Meg, maybe they should both just MOVEON for the better of the State!

    April 6, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Meg has donated $59 million to her own campaign. Are we to think that she will be fiscally responsible with California taxpayer money if she gets elected? She may even spend $150 million of her own money to buy the governorship.

    April 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. j

    Meg Whitman is attempting to buy the governorship and I'll vote for any reasonable candidate that opposes her. Brown has a long history of political experience and has served two terms as governor before. I don't know that much about Schuman, will have to wait and see.

    April 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Jack Fl

    I think all polititians ought to be term limited. Maybe then they would not be re-election driven.

    April 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Captain Crunch

    So, she's going to buy the chance to be Governor. Says something less than rosy about our political process.

    April 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Enough

    Anyone but Gov. Moonbeam. California cannot recover with another tax and spend Liberal career politician. Brown's record proves that we don't want him again.

    April 6, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    How anyone in Calif. could seriously consider sending Brown back to the Governor's office, is beyond me.

    April 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Jim

    I agree with the mmoveOn guy. Let's stop shutting down government services and get rich people to pay more taxes. The countries that have the highest standards of living pay taxes and we can't have something for nothing.

    April 6, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    After 2 terms of the political disaster called the Governator, another rich republican is attempting to buy the governorship in California....Whitman admittedly didn't even bother to vote in most of the elections this past decade, so why would anyone want to cast a vote for her? Jerry Brown has a proven track record as a two term Governor of California who balanced the State budget EVERY YEAR he was in office.

    April 6, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. James Miller

    just what we need ------ more super rich running gov`t protecting their own..

    April 6, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. A keen observer

    It looks like Meg Whitman, a failed CEO, is trying to buy the republican nomination. Does that mean that republicans support the highest bidder? A sad tale!

    April 6, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Willy Brown

    Elected another democrat California. They will use Obama’s plan and strategy to govern and continue to taxing you to a third world country status.

    April 6, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Larry

    This piece of dreck Twitman is going to throw away $209 million dollars so she can go live in the govenor's mansion. the money would be better spent on helping the poor but I'm sure she doesn't give a crap. I hope she loses.

    April 6, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. pcv

    "making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share" = Socialism. 'Their fair share' accounts for over 70% of government tax revenue coming from 10% of the populace.

    April 6, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Diana

    Another CEO running. I'm from California and I think the only one qualified is Brown. And yes, I was around when he was governor the last time. He's the only one qualified out of the bunch.

    Whitman who hasn't even voted in her life wants others to hand her the reins – I don't think so. This other guy, I don't know who he is and unless he could REALLY prove himself, he's just another blowhard.

    April 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. debbie

    Much as I like Jerry Brown, this guy can get things done. I don't live in CA but I'm rooting for him!

    April 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. www.usdebtclock.org

    Californians are very smart...their votes CAN be bought. In our democracy which is the envy of the world, only ultra-wealthy individuals like Whitman are qualified to serve in elected office.

    April 6, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "Our Democratic standard-bearer must take bold stands on the key issues facing California – like closing our budget gap by making corporations, big commercial property owners, and the richest people pay their fair share."

    Maybe I'm wrong, but the key issue facing California is finances, driven mostly by the influx of illegal aliens, state giveaways, and productive people leaving the state en masse due to having to pay FAR MORE than their "fair share" already.

    Dude doesn't have a clue.

    April 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Another Billionaire elitist trying to literally purchase her own government.
    Yeah we can't afford more Republicans controlling Sacramento after the mess Arnold left.

    April 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. shannon g

    This is very odd for someone who has this much money while the majority of California is bankrupt just to be governor. What is her point, she can spend more money.

    April 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. steve mcbryant

    Why would someone that rich pledge to work against the big corporations and the rich? When will government become 'of, by, and for the people' again, instead of being a spending contest by the super rich and privileged? Campaign funding reform needs to be enacted NOW, otherwise the 'people' will never again be fairly represented.

    April 6, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Elect Jerry Brown

    As a Californian who will soon be leaving the state, I urge the people to vote for Jerry Brown, a proven leader. CA cannot afford to risk its future on a woman who is essentially attempting to buy the governorship by pumping her vast personal fortune into the race. CA's ineffective and dysfunctional legislature has stymied the state onto the precipice of bankruptcy. CA needs former Gov. and present Attorney General Jerry Brown's vast experience to restore the state to glory and lead CA into the future.

    April 6, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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