Sunday 20 May 2018

eBay billionaire spends record $119m on poll

Alex Spillius in Washington

Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive, has broken the personal spending record for an American political campaign by splashing out $119m (€91m) on her bid to become the next governor of California.

The Republican has overtaken the previous record set by the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent $109m on winning a third successive term last year.

With her $1.3bn personal fortune, Miss Whitman, who oversaw the rise of the online auction website, can afford to spend as much as it takes to defeat her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown. But she said that her spending would "not be unlimited". "I just want to be sure that we're doing the right thing," she said.

She insisted that she had to spend heavily in a state where there are 2.3 million more registered Democrats than Republicans. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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