By Steven Harmon
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 7:02 pm in Uncategorized.
Meg Whitman’s campaign finance spending report makes for the most fascinating non-fiction reading in Sacramento, with numbers so astronomical they’re surreal.
Here’s a quick and dirty rundown of her Bacchanalia of expenditures, which total $99.7 million, with $10 million still in the bank:
$64.3 million on TV, radio, and the Web;
$9.7 million on campaign consultants (including $861,474 on her chief strategist, Mike Murphy, a total that engulfs the $83,000 that Jerry Brown has spent on his campaign manager, Steven Glazer);
$7.6 million on campaign literature and mailings;
$4.3 million on campaign workers’ salaries and health insurance (including $196,000 to communications director Tucker Bounds, plus $7,349 for meetings and appearances; $125,311 for spokeswoman Sarah Pompei, plus $29,481 on travel and lodging; and $101,288 plus $3,968 on travel and lodging for top oppo-research aficianado, Dan Comstock; and, not to be overlooked, $125,480 to the former San Jose Mercury News political reporter, Mary Anne Ostrom);
$2.8 million on information technology;
$1.7 million on office expenses (AT&T should be very thankful for the business);
$1.2 million on polling and research;
$1.9 million on Whitman’s travel, lodging, meetings and appearances;
$953,726 on staff/spouse travel/lodging;
$847,155 on fundraising events;
$703,869 for legal and accounting services;
$521,067 on phone banks;
$462,030 on postage, deliver and messenger services;
$230,000 to the California GOP;
$120,910 on print ads (the true tell on Whitman’s feelings about the importance of newspapers).
Darrel Ng, the heretofore spokesman for Whitman’s GOP rival Steve Poizner, and one of two new spokespersons recently hired (more expenses!), explained the spending spree by saying that “California is an expensive state to run in. She’s invested the resources to make sure Californians are informed.”
He also lashed out at Democrats for “making the false argument that how the campaign expenses run are analogous to how she’ll run government. She’s successfully run previous enterprises. We have a budget designed to win in November and we’ve been very strategic about our spending.”