Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meg Whitman Fuels Big-Spending California Governor's Race

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Meg Whitman Fuels Big-Spending California Governor's Race

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Meg Whitman has announced she's contributing another $20 million to her gubernatorial campaign. The California governor's race could become the priciest gubernatorial election in US history.

The governor's race in California is on track to become America's priciest gubernatorial election in history. Other statewide races in the US are also expected to break spending records in the coming year.

While the cost of state campaigns has been climbing into the nine- digit territory for years now, November's contests could attract even more contributions, as Republican and Democratic donors are eager for their parties to hold sway over redistricting after the 2010 Census.

In California, a state where politics is almost always a costly endeavor, two wealthy Republicans are pushing the Golden State toward record-breaking levels.

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Meg Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who is vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, announced Tuesday that she is contributing another $20 million to her campaign. That brings the total amount she has given to $59 million.

She has reportedly committed to spending $150 million on her bid to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Ms. Whitman's competition in the June Republican primary, has spent $19 million of his own money.

Both Ms. Whitman and Mr. Poizner, also a former Silicon Valley executive, have financially walloped likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, the state's attorney general and a former two-term governor.

Mr. Brown, who has a reported $14 million in his campaign chest, hasn't needed to spend much because he doesn't have any major competition for the Democratic nomination. But he has called on labor unions and other Democratic activists to assist in his run against either one of the wealthy Republicans. …

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