Feeds

eBay Meg still chasing California's top job

Will largest ever campaign spending be enough?

Ex-eBay boss Meg Whitman only has a paltry $9m left in the pot for spending on her campaign to become Governor of California.

Whitman raised a record-breaking $140m for her campaign. But $119m of Meg Whitman's campaign fund came from one donor - Meg Whitman. This breaks the previous self-funding record held by Michael Bloomberg who spent $110m to secure the mayor's job in New York.

But despite collecting massive donations from herself, Whitman has only $9.1m left in her campaign chest. Her rival for the job - Democrat Jerry Brown - has $23m to spend in the last month of campaigning. Voters go to the polls on 2 November.

Despite the unpopularity of Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger, polls put Whitman and Brown neck-and-neck as they enter the final few weeks of electioneering.

Meg does have some friends. We also note two contributions of $25,900 - one from a chairman called Scott McNealy and the other from homemaker Susan McNealy. Any connection to Sun Microsystems?

Other contributors include Thomas Siebel, who handed over $25,900, he must still be angry about those elephants.

Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com also handed over $10,000. (Benioff was an early supporter of Schwarzenegger's run for California back in 2003 - and look how well that's turned out.)

The full list of contributors is available from this page.

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.