Nonnie over at Hysterical Raisins has a great poster up today depicting the California gubernatorial slugfest between Jerry Brown and billionaire Meg Whitman.
In my original Queen Meg In Wonderland post three months ago, I noted that she had already donated some $71 million of her own money to her campaign. Nonnie provides an update on that amount by pointing to an article last week in the LA Times titled: Whitman sets U.S. record for candidate’s donation to campaign:
Smashing the record for the most money ever donated by a candidate in a political election, Republican Meg Whitman has written her gubernatorial campaign a $15-million check that brings her personal stake in the race to $119 million.
The new infusion pushed the billionaire candidate past the previous record holder: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent $109 million on his 2009 reelection bid.
And that’s with another six weeks to go before the election, during which candidates typically spend the bulk of their ad budgets. I live in California and I can tell you we are already being carpet bombed by Meg Whitless’ ads. I might have to go tubeless for awhile.
Imagine how much human suffering could be alleviated with $120 million plus instead being used to bolster another billionaire’s ego. If she does win the governorship, she promises to take a meat axe to the state’s social safety net, guaranteeing even more suffering in a state with a 12.5% official unemployment rate.
Think I’ll have a bumper sticker made up that says:
Off With Their Heads—Vote Whitman.