Sacramento, CA– The gubernatorial campaign between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown has become the most expensive general election race in state history. The California Fair Political Practices Commission reported yesterday that the candidates have spent nearly $87.5 million combined since July 1st.
The California political watchdog agency says the bulk of that spending has come from billionaire Meg Whitman and former eBay chief executive who is making her first run for office. She has spent $142 million of her own money. Combined, Brown and Whitman have spent more than $188.1 million so far in both the primary and general election.
The previous record of $80 million for a general election was set back in 2002, when Democrat Governor Gray Davis successfully ran for re-election against Republican Bill Simon.
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