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California Governor Fresno.jpgFormer GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman pulled out her checkbook last month to boost her former boss Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

Whitman contributed $100,000 to the "Restore our Future" committee, an independent campaign fund created to support Romney's presidential bid, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Unlike Romney's presidential campaign committee, the so-called "Super PAC" can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money ahead of the election.

The contribution, received January 20, was the Hewlett-Packard CEO's first donation to the super PAC, which raised more than $6 million in the first month of 2012. She had previously given $2,500 to his presidential campaign committee.

Whitman, who spent $144 million of her own cash on her failed 2010 bid for governor, served as a finance chair on Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. The relationship between the two wealthy business executives stretches back to the 1980s, when a young Whitman worked for Romney at the Bain & Company consulting firm. She told The Bee last year that she would consider an appointment if Romney wins election to the White House, but said at the time that the two had not discussed any specific posts.

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PHOTO CREDIT: California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman arrives at a fund-raising luncheon, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/ The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora).


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