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?