Meg Whitman Really Is Trying to Buy the Election


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Republican Meg Whitman has poured an additional $20 million into her campaign for governor, raising the total amount that she’s spent from her fortune to $59 million so far. The former CEO of eBay says she’s willing to spend up to $150 million of her own money to defeat state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Wealthy candidates have had a difficult time buying their way into office in California over the years. Remember Michael Huffington, Steve Westly, and Al Checchi? Whitman, however, appears to be bucking that trend. It seems pretty clear that all the money she’s spent so far has helped her move into a lead over the former Oakland mayor: