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Meg Whitman's $175 million campaign could have bought a lot of cheeseburgers

By The Reliable Source

Meg Whitman, 2010. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Meg Whitman spent a staggering $175 million of her own eBay fortune in her unsuccessful bid to become governor of California. While flattered by her attentions, the roughly 3 million people who voted for her may now be thinking of what she could have bought them instead of the robocalls and mailers. With the $57 she spent on each vote, Whitman could have bought each voter . . .

  • A pair of Old Navy jeans and a Gap T-shirt
  • A dozen Double-Double cheeseburgers from California's iconic In-N-Out chain
  • A commemorative plaque from your new World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
  • A trip to the Medieval Times in Buena Park, Calif. (dinner, jousting, costume rental; tax not included)
  • A skein of yarn, enough to knit a pair of socks, made from the underdown of the Alaskan musk ox, the warmest fiber in the world -- $55 BUY IT NOW on eBay
  • Two Jerry Brown Bobblehead dolls, via eBay
  • Nearly two shares of eBay stock

By The Reliable Source  | November 5, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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I think the TV stations that ran all those ads should share with us, a fine of sorts for making our local news broadcasts unwatchable.

Posted by: IAmATVJunkieDotCom | November 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I completely missed the campaign season's big onslaught of TV ads. I canceled my TV subscription and watched all my favorite programs streamed on my 17 inch macbook pro.
I did see some political ads on the Comedy Channel but that was about it.
Somehow I feel "cleansed and born again"

Posted by: naksuthin | November 6, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse


Meg Whitman spent $175 million of her own money to get her one vote. She would not even be this voting if it was not for her $150 million.

Meg Whitman received 3,000,000 votes or 41.5% for Republican candidate for Governor. Any Republican candidate in California without spending even one-dollar of his or her own money would have probably garnered more than 41.5% of votes in this election.

It just proves that she ran for her own one vote. So, it is wrong to say she spends $57 (or whatever) per vote, the correct answer is: she spends $175 million (or whatever exact amount) for her one vote.

She may be “tough as nail” for Pete Wilson but for Californians, she may be the worst per $ candidate in the US election history.

Posted by: Meg-WhitMan-Rip-Off | November 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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