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April 14, 2010
Meg Whitman opens the political season with a goose egg

Meg Whitman stumbled in an initial attempt to build allies in the legislature.

Whitman tried playing in the Republican fight in Tuesday's Riverside County special election that was a focus of today's column, and did not come close to winning.

On April 5, the same day Whitman dumped another $20 million into her gubernatorial campaign account, the billionaire former boss of eBay sent the maximum $3,900 to former Assemblyman Russ Bogh in his failed comeback attempt against Assemblyman Bill Emmerson.

One of her top aides, Jeff Randle, sent Bogh $2,500, and another aide, Mitch Zak, sent Bogh $1,500.

Emmerson trounced Bogh, capturing 41% of the GOP vote to Bogh's 22%.

The donations were especially ill-timed, arriving at the beginning of the month when virtually everyone who knows much about the district had concluded that Emmerson would bury Bogh.

Of course, $3,900 is mere checkbook dust for a candidate who has dumped $59 million into her own campaign. If she becomes the next governor, Emmerson no doubt will forget that she sided with his opponent. Won't he?

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