Whitman outspent Jerry Brown by 86-1 in the five week period ending June 30, according to campaign finance reports.
In the same five-week span, Whitman was spending more per day on her campaign than Brown had spent all year.
The polls say it’s a virtual tie.
Whitman has spent nearly $100,000 million and has $10.3 million in the bank at the latest filing period. There’s more where that came from at the Bank of Meg.
Brown has more than $23.2 million cash on hand. He has spent just $633,205 for the year, flying on Southwest Airlines and staying at the L.A. Athletic Club instead of four-star hotels.
Brown is getting some of his money from labor unions, and Meg is making hay out of that.
The plan is to hang on to the money for the stretch run of the campaign.
As the San Jose Mercury News observes: “Clint Reilly, a real estate developer and former Democratic political consultant, has argued that Brown needs to spend enough money to ensure he doesn’t fall behind Whitman by Labor Day.
Reilly ran Brown’s sister Kathleen Brown’s failed gubernatorial campaign in 1994 against incumbent Pete Wilson, and has said she should probably have spent more in the summer months to avoid falling too far behind.”