SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor, has surpassed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the highest personal contribution in American campaign history.
Whitman’s campaign reported another $15 million contribution late Tuesday, bringing her personal donation to $119 million.
The billionaire former eBay chief executive’s spending surpasses the previous record of $108 million set by Bloomberg in his bid for a third term last year.
Bloomberg spent about $185 per vote for his re-election, and he did not take donations.
Whitman, however, has spent the summer aggressively fundraising for her general election race against Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Whitman planned a visit Wednesday to the San Francisco headquarters of Yelp, an online review site.
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