Meg Whitman Trumps Michael Bloomberg On Absurd, Neo-Gilded Age Campaign Spending
Whitman: $57 million
Bloomberg: $34 million
Whitman had lower name identification than the incumbent mayor, so you'd expect her spend more introducing herself (and demonizing Steve Poizner). But $57 million? Mind-boggling.
Whitman: $5.4 million
This is still crazy, but it makes sense on at least one level: Californians are more likely to listen to drive-time radio, while New Yorkers are more likely to read newspapers on the subway. Consider:
Bloomberg: $2 million
And there are some other areas where Bloomberg outspent Whitman by a country mile.
Bloomberg: $12 million
Whitman: $1.8 million
Rents must be a lot higher in Manhattan than in Cupertino. Apparently the same goes for staplers, paper clips, signature stamps, 3-hole punches, etc.
Bloomberg: $3.4 million
Whitman: $1.3 million
Each faced lightweight opponents, but Bloomberg seems to have been more paranoid about Comptroller William Thompson than Whitman was about Poizner. And with good reason: Thompson almost won.
Campaign literature and mailings
Bloomberg: $22 million
Whitman: $7.6 million
Look for Whitman to pull closer in the last few weeks of the campaign.
Lawyers and accountants
Bloomberg: $3.7 million
New York lawyers are expensive.
Bloomberg: $11.2 million
Whitman: $10.2 million
Whitman will end up crushing Bloomberg on this line item. After this campaign, Mike Murphy can retire to a private island with a lifetime supply of blow, interrupting his orgies only for the occasional cable news hit.
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