$118,999,748 More Than I Have

Yahoo! News: Meg Whitman is Now the Biggest Self-Funding Candidate in History

As the Los Angeles Times’ Anthony York notes, the California GOP gubernatorial nominee contributed another $15 million to her campaign on Tuesday. That means that Whitman, who came by most of her wealth during her tenure as CEO of eBay, has spent $119 million of her own cash on the race — almost $10 million more than previous record-holder Michael Bloomberg, who ran up his $110 million tally during his successful 2009 re-election campaign.

This broke across the wires and such last week before our domain hosting went all berserk (hopefully, the problem is solved), but I felt like I had to weigh in, albeit briefly.

Far be it for me to interject into a discussion about how any private citizen spends his or her money, but it says something about the state of our electoral politics that $600+ million is needed for a general presidential election, and that Meg Whitman has spent nearly $120 million of her own money in order to get elected governor of a state that many Americans feel is lost for good.

No matter how much we make our feelings known to those who fill election positions from coast to coast, how can it truly be a government by the people and for the people when the vast majority of people could never even afford to think about public office?

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  1. whats_up says:

    Good question isnt it Jeff, I am not sure that we will ever come up with an answer to this problem in our country. It has been tried and rejected multiple times. Money is what drives Capatilism and democracy.

  2. We the Pee-po says:

    Let’s start our own country, for us broke folk.

  3. John Buyon says:

    whats the matter conservatives?

    these people “earned ” their wealth all by themselves ( no help from those who built the roads, infrastructure, educated the workers, protected the business from corruption) isn’t it “free speech” to spend unlimited $$$ on promoting or buying ( oh sorry I mean being elected to) public office?

    glad to hear right wing america thinking and talking like 1940′s socialists

  4. Randy Wills says:

    Maybe ther’s a lesson here; just list all the open positions on eBay and eliminate the campaign nonsense?

    Jes’ thinkin’; not real serious.

    Randy

  5. Boston Blackie says:

    Jeff, I’m impressed with the difference between you and Meg’s income. At this time of the month, I would say my difference is probably around $118,999,999 if we are talking real expendable money :(

  6. Drat says:

    The 100,000 I did have to run, I just had to mail to the IRS.

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