Maybe she should have bought them polo shirts

Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman reported yesterday that she had put another $2.6 million into her campaign on Election Day, Nov. 2, bringing her total personal investment to $144,175,806.11.

The latest, not-yet-finalized ballot tally (updated last night) shows she got 3,930,138 votes. So, Whitman spent about $36.68 out of her own pocket, not counting other contributions to her campaign, for each general-election vote she ultimately received.

FYI, if you Google $36.68, you find it’s the price for:

  • a book on wine-cellar design;
  • a pair of Lacoste shoes;
  • a Ralph Lauren polo shirt; or
  • a place in the history books as the woman who spent more out-of-pocket on her own political campaign than anyone else in American history, yet still lost even while her party did exceptionally well all across the rest of the nation.
  • Well, the last one’s not exactly on Google, but you get the picture.

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Bob Loblaw

      I will also get you one share of Ebay.

    • Common Tater

      Yeh, kick ’em while they’re down is always a good strategy.

    • John W

      The radio/TV/cable folks are appreciative of Meg’s contribution.

    • Tea Party Loser

      Meg was a disaster! Everybody was saying old Jerry Brown could not get it done. But he kicked her Butt!!! Here is to the crafty old guy!!

    • RU Kiddingme

      Not to mention that she could have funded my entire agency for a year! What was she smokin’

    • John W

      Jerry had better strategery. Had fewer bullets (i.e, money), so he kept his powder dry ’till he could see the whites of her eyes before shooting. Thanks to lousy advice from her numerous consultants, Meg’s entire campaign consisted of TV spots and a web site. Given her lack of a political track record, instead of hiding from the press, she should have mixed it up with them until they couldn’t stand it. And she should have been out there kissing babies, shaking hands etc. and made herself look like a real person, instead of just an E-Bay diva.

    • Tea Party Loser

      TO John W,

      you nailed it. Those successful silicon valley types tend to thing because they have $$$ they can run the world. It is always good to see them get a dose of reality.