Meg Whitman

By Jack Chang
jchang@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, May. 28, 2010 – 6:47 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman continued her record-shattering spending streak this spring, burning through $33.8 million in about two months, according to a campaign finance statement filed Thursday.

That amount brings the billionaire candidate’s spending total to more than $80 million, with $68 million of it coming from her own personal wealth.

The former chief executive officer of online auction firm eBay has said she’s prepared to spend as much as $150 million of her own wealth on her campaign.

Whitman had $3.8 million in cash on hand as of May 22.

By comparison, Democratic candidate Jerry Brown had spent $259,582 from March 18 to May 22, bringing his campaign expenditure total to about $320,000. He received $6.8 million in campaign contributions from March 18 to May 22, and $16.7 million from Jan. 1 to May 22, the filing shows.

Brown had $20.6 million in cash on hand as of May 22.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, another wealthy former Silicon Valley CEO, spent $17.3 million between March 18 and May 22 after holding onto his resources for months.

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