Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman became the biggest ever U.S. campaign self-spender yesterday after putting another $15 million into her campaign, bringing her total contribution to $119,075,806.11.
Whitman surpassed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who invested $110 million of his own money to win a close race last year. Whitman has also raised more than $20 million from outside sources.
Despite the record spending, Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of online auction firm eBay, is still locked in a close race with her Democratic rival Jerry Brown, who only began running paid advertising last week. His campaign has raised about $35 million so far, virtually all of it from outside sources.
Whitman has said she will spend whatever it takes to win, and predicted ultimately putting in up to $150 million into her campaign.
Photo: Meg Whitman speaks at a campaign rally in Roseville on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee)