Some interesting chatter in the blogosphere today about the spending in yesterday’s primary election in California. I thought I’d connect some of the dots…
Meg Whitman won the Republican nomination for Governor of California yesterday; Jerry Brown did the same for the Democrats. Both immediately began their campaigns against one another, with Whitman calling her opponent a liberal “tax and spend” politician as she celebrated her business acumen. But this “business giant” who claims to know how to get things done, spent roughly $81 million dollars for (thus far) 1,101,528 votes while her opponent spent about $200,000 for 1,478,752 votes.
That means Meg Whitman spend about $74 for every vote she got. Jerry Brown spent less than 14¢ per vote.
I know, I know, apples and oranges and all that. But Brown does have a record of being habitually frugal while Whitman has a record of being habitually rich and able to spend to get what she wants.