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Governors Race: It's About Money, and Money

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Who is spending the most money now, and who has spent the most money in the past, and who will spend the most money as governor are the issues dominating the heated governer's race in California this week.

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Republican Meg Whitman has now spent more of her own money on her campaign than any other American politican ever, surpassing New York's moneybags mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The details from Calbuzz:

With her most recent $15 million check to herself, eMeg has now personally forked out $119,075,806.11, according to the ever-punctilious Jack Chang. Rounding off and discounting the couch change, this means that she has spent an average of $203,767.12 on each and every one of the 584 days since she declared her candidacy.

For those keeping score at home that works out to a 24/7 average of $8490.29 per hour, $141.50 per minute, and $2.36 per second.

Elsewhere in the campaign, dueling claims of reliability and accuracy dog a series of Whitman/Brown/California Teachers Association campaign ads, including Meg's accusing Jerry, via quoting Bill Clinton, of being a tax raiser, though official state Department of Finance calculations have taxes falling during his 1975-83 reign. Whitman also accused Brown of increasing state spending by 120 percent, but, as the L.A. Times writes, "a recent independent analysis by the Associated Press found that, adjusting for inflation and population growth, state spending rose just 12.3" percent.

Also, Brown comes up with a "zero-based" budget plan (more than our sitting politicians have managed), and claims he would raise no taxes without voter approval (an earlier Whitman plan promises 40,000 state employees fired and $15 billion in spending cut); the chancellor of the California community college system and the president of the UC system resign from the Chamber of Commerce after it endorses Whitman.

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