Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, has already spent $104 million of her own money in an attempt to become the next governor of California, and she’s still spending. In comparison, her opponent former Governor Jerry Brown has spent just $1.5 million on his campaign so far. In fact, Meg Whitman is outspending Jerry Brown 86 to 1. Besides her own money, Meg Whitman has also spent an additional 30 million dollars of donor money in her bid to be governor of California – an obscene amount during a time of recession, when many Californians are unemployed and having problems putting food on the table. But will Whitman win?
Funnily enough, Meg Whitman, with all her $104 million still isn’t winning in the polls. Since the June 8 primary alone, she’s run more than 45,000 TV ads all over the state, slamming Jerry Brown. She’s spent millions getting glossy literature produced, all touting her ‘record of fiscal responsibility’ and her unique ability to run California, and she’s been on just about every TV network and newspaper in the state.
Yet, Jerry Brown, with his paltry $1.5 million start, is still beating her in the polls by a small margin. One which is expected to increase rapidly, now that Brown has kicked off his own campaign.
As for Jerry Brown himself, smarter in political campaigns than Meg Whitman, he already knows you don’t spend most of your money at the beginning of a campaign. So, Brown kicked his own campaign into action this weekend with his first television ad of the election, touting his record and talking about “We have to live within our means, we have to return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people. And no new taxes without voter approval.” Nary a mention of Meg Whitman.
Whitman, on the other hand, has spent most of her $104 million on television ads attacking Jerry Brown. Attack ads that obviously most of the California public isn’t believing as she still isn’t winning.
The thing Meg Whitman is missing about her effort to buy the California Governship though is California’s voters are smart. They’re not bought by fools with lots of money, particularly in a bad recession. Many also know Whitman’s history of laying off thousands of employees when she was CEO of EBay and bankrupting many EBay sellers with outrageously increasing fees, while paying herself record bonuses. So when she says she’s going to ‘bring jobs to California’, it’s not too surprising they don’t believe her.
According to Jerry Brown’s campaign, Brown currently has over $100 million in his campaign war chest and is still fundraising but, unlike Whitman, it isn’t his own personal money. In fact, Brown has managed to raise more than three times the amount of money Whitman has and his campaign has barely started. No wonder she has to spend her own cash. She couldn’t keep up with Brown if she didn’t.
With less than two months before the November election, the California Governor’s race is certainly an interesting one. Most political pundits however expect, now that Jerry Brown has begun his campaign in earnest, by the time November rolls around, he’ll have left Meg Whitman so far in the dust, she’ll have no choice but to sit back and cry over all that money she wasted. After all, if you can’t get enough voters to donate to your campaign so you have to give your own money, you’re hardly going to find enough voters to vote for you, now are you.
American elections might be bought by some, but only by those who have political savvy, a real political message and a drive to do what they promise they will. Meg Whitman has none of these, so she ain’t winning. No matter how many millions she spends.
Billionaire Meg Whitman spends big in Californis, still trails Jerry Brown – Christian Science Monitor