SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican Meg Whitman has spent more than $140 million on her campaign for California governor so far, nearly $40 million of it during the last three months, she reported Tuesday.
The spending stands in sharp contrast to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who was expected to report Tuesday that he has spent $10.3 million so far this year, nearly all of it since Labor Day.
His campaign said he has $22.5 million in campaign cash as he heads into the final month of the race against Whitman. The figure does not include nonmonetary donations of supplies and labor, on which Brown has relied heavily all year.
The campaign finance report filed Tuesday shows Whitman has raised $29.5 million from outside sources since she announced her run last year and has about $9 million cash on hand for the final month of the race against Brown. But the former eBay CEO who is making her first run for office has so far been willing to open her wallet and has given her campaign $119 million from her personal fortune, a record for a U.S. candidate.
Brown had yet to file his report by late Tuesday afternoon, but his campaign says he has $22.5 million in campaign cash.
Brown, the state's attorney general and former governor from 1975 to 1983, has also received significant financial help from public employee unions, which have spent $13.8 million on his behalf in the general election, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission. One of those groups, the Service Employees International Union, announced last week that it was launching a $5 million ad campaign targeting Latino voters on Brown's behalf.
Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford said Brown, the state's attorney general, raised $28.6 million in the three-month period ending Sept. 30.
Public opinion polls have shown the gubernatorial candidates are neck-and-neck, as some voters are expected to begin returning their absentee ballots, which counties began mailing Monday.
California candidates seeking statewide office, legislative seats and as well as ballot-measure committees, major donors and independent expenditure groups were required to file their financial reports with the secretary of state's office by midnight Tuesday.
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