SAN JOSE (CBS 5 / AP) ― Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman agreed Wednesday to pay her former housekeeper $5,500 in unpaid wages to settle a dispute that erupted in the final month of the campaign.

The settlement was reached during a closed meeting at the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement in San Jose.

Whitman did not attend. Her husband, Dr. Griffith Harsh IV, attended with a family lawyer.

The Whitmans did not admit wrongdoing.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Whitman’s campaign began to lose public support after it was revealed that her former housekeeper of nine years was an illegal immigrant.

The former eBay CEO had portrayed herself as tough on immigration and said she fired Nicky Diaz Santillan when she discovered her status.

Diaz Santillan told reporters on Wednesday that she came forward so other housekeepers would not face discrimination.

The news came shortly after a disclosure filed Tuesday with the secretary of state’s office revealed that Whitman gave her campaign $2.6 million on Election Day. It brings the total amount spent by the billionaire former eBay CEO to nearly $144.2 million from her personal fortune.

Whitman also raised about $30 million from donors in her first run for office.

She lost to Democrat Jerry Brown. He previously reported raising $37 million, although he also benefited from roughly $30 million in union spending.

Final campaign finance reports must be filed by Jan. 31, 2011.

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Comments (15)
  1. Lee White says:

    Whitman is a terribly ugly human being by any measure and a narcissist to boot!

  2. Me says:

    I am so proud of Cali that she spend over 170million total and could not steal the vote!

  3. Bloodhounds says:

    I think what helped her to lose was the fact she hadn’t voted in 28 years and is use to buying her way in on every thing.

  4. robynfrog says:

    What do you mean she didn’t win? She must have won, because she submitted the highest bid!

  5. Rex says:

    Why hasn’t this ILLEGAL ALIEN been deported yet? Why is she still remaining in the USA?

    Furthermore, I’ve told people that BOTH Moonbeam and Meg Whitman supported ILLEGAL ALIENS and they should instead look seriously at third-party candidates who would actually “represent” them…..That somebody being CHELENE NIGHTINGALE who was 100% opposed to Illegal aliens and was a staunch constitutionalist.

    While the people could have done due diligence and looked seriously at third-party candidates, the MSM (Mainstrream Media) mouthpeices of the GLOBALIST BANKSTERS and CORPORATIONS were certainly NEVER going to mention them and true-to-form; They keep the people firmly fixed on the FALSE R-L POLITICIAL PARADIGM!

    PS: I noticed that the MSM prostitutes are in overdive (defending the TSA Thugs-molesters and the Strip-Search Machines.

    They NEVER seemed to mention that CHERTOFF was instrumental in getting these Strip-Search machines in place and that CHERTOFF NEVER ever SECURED OUR BORDERS or enforced OUR IMMIGRATION laws.

    NAPOLITANO is also following the CHERTOFF’s example. Yet our borders remain like WIDE-OPEN SEIVES and ILLEGAL ALIENS are still here and a USA judge just recently said in CA: ILLEGAL ALIENS can get the DREAM ACT.

    DREAM ACT: While LEGAL CITIZENS moving to another state are forced to pay the HIGHER (Out-of-state college rates), ILLEGAL ALIENS (if they have been in school for 3 years) can get the CHEAPER (In-state college rates).

    Remember this, EVERY time a SCHOOL whines for more money!

  6. asdf says:

    It wasn’t all bad – think of the election as a $140 million stimulus package from Cruella DeVille!

  7. jossanfran says:

    whines for money? I guess you wouldn’t give a starving man food. you sound real nice. did the house keeper do a lot of work for a little money?????? yes. Meg whitman should owe schools for cheating the system. period. Employers subsidize illegal immigration by paying slave wages, you benefit from lower prices on all agricultural products, lower restaurant bills, cheap builders, painters, child care, maids……… You benefit too, so quit your WHINING! ” Treat the lowest of us as you would treat me ” sound familiar????

  8. Tinkerbell says:

    Is $5500.00 worth being deported? She could have easily made this money with a new “employer” she’s got 9 years of experience more than some “legal residence” – Oy..

  9. US Citizen says:

    Lets see – No broblem in spending $145 mm + $30 mm —— but a big issue to pay just $5.5K for the hard work of a laborer, legal or not. Yeh these billioniars have a lot of class!

  10. CC says:

    What??? That is Low! Meg didn’t even bother to be at the closed meeting with her lawyers and her maid. She hired her, she should have been there!! Ya that’s it just let your husband do your dirty work while you go some place else.

  11. Franciscan says:

    Now people can see her True face, she Try to buy California with her money..It will be terrible in wrong hand.

  12. Bud says:

    California deserves Brown, Boxer & Pelosie… It won’t be long before it’s totally bankrupt. I look forward to it’s demise. Hope Mexico gets it back at a bargain price.

  13. SanFran Guy says:

    Paying $5,500 for it to go away is not a bad deal. Nicky should be deported period. Illegal aliens are costing CA bankruptcy, education for its citizens. Nicky is a snake who tried to blackmail Meg.

    Why is ICE not acting on this?

  14. Andrus says:

    WHY HASN’T SHE BEEN DEPORTED YET! SHE WASN”T THE VICTIM BECAUSE SHE LIED TO HER EMPLOYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL You bleeding hearts are the reason this nation in going south. This Mexican does not realized that she is just being used by her attorney! Wake up people.

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