Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, has written another huge check to her campaign, bringing her total self-contributions to more than $100 million.
The $13 million contribution was reported Friday on the California Secretary of State's website. It takes the former eBay CEO's self-funding total to $104 million.
Whitman, a billionaire who has said she's willing to spend $150 million of her own fortune to win election, is still $5.2 million short of the record for self-funding for a single race. Last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire 18 times over, spent $109.2 million to win re-election.
Whitman's net worth is estimated at $1.3 billion.
Her opponent, state Attorney General Jerry Brown, has been spending down his campaign war chest at a miserly pace. He's raised more than $24 million and spent only about $700,000.
But labor groups had spent $4.6 million attacking Whitman as of the last reporting period, which ended June 30. And the groups have been advertising heavily in the last month and a half.
"Meg is investing the necessary resources to fight the $13 million in attacks Jerry Brown Inc. has launched to defend the status quo in Sacramento,'' said Whitman's spokeswoman, Sarah Pompei.
Sterling Clifford, Brown's spokesman, criticized Whitman for pouring "unprecedented millions into a campaign of unprecedented dishonesty.''
"Her ads have been proven false," he said, and "her
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