Exactly how gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman is spending her millions is no longer a mystery.
According to campaign disclosure statements released Monday, the billionaire former CEO of eBay spent more than $13.3 million on Internet costs, charter planes, radio ads and a small army of consultants. The Whitman campaign spent $5.2 million on consultants, $3.8 million on radio ads, $672,463 on polling and $414,880 on staff travel. Her opponent, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, spent next to nothing on advertising.
Since Whitman announced she was running for governor in February 2009, her campaign has spent $19.2 million. Not counting the $39 million she donated to herself, the Whitman campaign raised $10.2 million from donors, quadruple Poizner's total.
Of the more than $16.2 million Poizner reported raising in the last six months of 2009, $15 million came from his own pocket.
And of the nearly 700 contributions reported by Poizner's campaign, about half were $500 or less. Only two-dozen or so were for the maximum allowed in a gubernatorial race, $25,900, whereas 133 Whitman supporters gave the maximum. About 25 percent of Whitman's contributors are from out of state.
The presumed Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jerry Brown, has $12.1 million in his war chest as he heads into the gubernatorial campaign without a primary opponent.
Brown's austere approach to the campaign is apparent in the finance documents.
He received good news Monday from the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, which permitted him to use money he'd raised as a candidate for attorney general for a gubernatorial run. Brown is expected to announce his candidacy sometime this month. "We expect to have the resources to mount an aggressive campaign in 2010," said Steven Glazer, his campaign manager.
In California's U.S. Senate race, three-term Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer ended 2009 with a big fund-raising lead over the Republican field. After raising about $1.9 million in the final three months of the year and spending about half of that, Boxer had $7.3 million in cash — nearly three times more than Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive who's expected to be the best-financed GOP rival.
Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, raised about $1.1 million and spent $831,000. After two personal loans to her campaign — $500,000 in October, and $2 million on Dec. 30 — Fiorina had just under $2.8 million in the bank at the end of the year.
Conservative state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, collected $442,000 in the final quarter of 2009 and finished the year with $226,000 in cash on hand.
Former Silicon Valley congressman Tom Campbell, a moderate Republican who dropped out of the governor's race last month to run for Senate instead — and who is leading his Republican opponents in recent polls — does not have to report his fundraising totals for the Senate race until April. His gubernatorial campaign ended 2009 with $420,000 in cash on hand, which Campbell is in the process of returning to donors because of election laws.
Chris Kelly, a Facebook executive from Palo Alto, raised $2.2 million in the last period, bringing his total to $2.3 million. Of that, $2 million was from his own pocket. He had more than $2 million cash on hand.
Others in the race include San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris (more than $1 million raised, bringing her total to $2.2 million with $1.2 million in her war chest); former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ($500,456 in the last period, for a total of $1.4 million, with $1.2 million on hand); and Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance ( $577,074 in the period, with more than $1 million of his total $1.2 million still available to spend). Another Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, had not filed a report as of Monday evening.
She has only one declared rival in the race, former KICU community affairs director Roy Avila, whose fundraising totals weren't immediately available Monday.
Becker reported $219,463 in cash contributions in the most recent filing period. San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon got $85,602, bringing his total for the year to $185,947.
Yoriko Kishimoto, a former Palo Alto mayor, brought in just $26,599 from contributors in the year's second half, but she bolstered her campaign bankroll by loaning herself $40,000. She has now raised a total of $94,369 from donors and loaned herself $65,000.
Bay Area News Group writers Steven Harmon and Will Oremus contributed to this report. Contact Ken McLaughlin at email@example.com or (408) 920-5552.