June 15th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Whitman donates another $20 million to campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/15/art.whitman.smile.jpg caption="California Republican gubernatorial candidate gave her campagn another $20 million of her money."]
(CNN) – Meg Whitman is infusing her California gubernatorial bid with another $20 million of her own cash, the Republican's campaign confirmed Tuesday.

The latest contribution means Whitman has spent more than $90 million of her personal funds running for governor of California with much of the general campaign remaining.

The former eBay CEO, whose net worth has been estimated at well over $1 billion, is still $12 million short of the record amount New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent to eek out a third mayoral term last year.

Whitman has said she is willing to spend upwards of $150 million of her own cash on the campaign.

Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Dem4Life

    Elitist......spending other people hard earn money. A a party who complains about spending sure looks like a hypocrite to me.

    June 15, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Dave

    Gee, I wish I was rich enough to become Governor. Spending $90 million of your own money to get a job that pays a little over $200,000? Maybe she's not as smart as she would have the voters believe.

    June 15, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Allyson

    Think of all the social good that could have been accomplished if this money [or any of the other candidates' $] was put towards education funding or health research..........these campaigns are nothing but narcissistic popularity contests; I never vote for the major candidates.
    This country is going to Hell in a handbasket.

    June 15, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. JonDie

    Just what California needs; a governor who is so rich she can buy the election.

    June 15, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. mms55

    if youre having to spend your own money instead of recieving donations i think you need to drop out ,evidently your the only one who want's you to run lol.

    June 15, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Gopher

    What!!! She decided to buy the office! Surprise surprise! Typical Republican tactic.

    June 15, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    This reminds me of the movie Brewster’s Millions where the title character found the best way to waste money was on an election campaign. I will try to look at the bright side and hope that all the money she is pouring into her campaign will somehow help CA’s economy...

    June 15, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. David in Seattle

    This is so sad on three accounts. One is that an indivdual can amass such a fortune. The second is that one can spend so much of their fortune on a campaign - anyone's campaign. Thirdly, so much money is spent on a campagin.

    June 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    I am so glad I got out of E Bay,it was stupid with its rules. Problem is there is no alternative.

    June 15, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Joseph-Ohio

    No one single person should be allowed to spend that kind of money for a job that pays little to nothing compared to the input. Her salary would never recoop the investment."Buy an Election" or "Elections R Us" seems to be what's going on here.......Would you ever trust a mega rich politician that had the power to buy their way into office? Attention Cali Residence..............BEWARE! She is just another mega rich Republican looking to make herself and the richest 1% in Cali even richer.........

    June 15, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Shelia

    This is insanity. She should give the $90 million to the state of California if she wants to help. Or donate it to some worthy cause or causes helping the people in the Gulf of Mexico. We have to do something to stop the buying of public office.

    June 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. David in Houston

    The best democracy money can buy...

    June 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Scott in Atlanta

    Bates plays Annie Wilkes, the “number one fan” of romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan). Wilkes, a former nurse, rescues Sheldon from an awful car accident in rural Colorado and takes him in to nurse him back to health. She isn’t aware that Sheldon has killed off her favorite character, a girl named Misery Chastain, in his about-to-be-published novel that will end the Misery series. When she does find out, Annie doesn’t take it very well (that’s putting it mildly). She forces Sheldon to write a novel that revives her beloved Misery. Meanwhile, Sheldon is trapped, beaten and tortured, and in one of cinema’s most gruesome scenes, hobbled with a sledgehammer to prevent his escape.

    June 15, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Dano

    Someone explain to me why someone would be willing to spend 150 MILLION of their own money to get a job that pays a minute fraction of that if they didn't think there would be some pay back, either political or monetary, further down the road.

    June 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. You'll have to buy the election ...

    'cos no one is going to donate to a violent arrogant idiot like her.

    I can't believe all the people posting who think it's okay to shove your employees around – i"m a manager and I'd get fired in a heartbeat for a stunt like that. No one who's that stupid and out of control should be in a leadership position – and pointing that out is not "liberal bias." Put your big girl undies on GOPs.

    June 15, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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